I was very surprised at the many downvotes my most recent answer got and want to understand why.
I took the OP at their word that they are not being flirty and used my example from my own work experience to show how hanging out with colleagues irregardless of gender is not per se suspicious and is not incompatible with professionalism at work.
I advised the OP to not be afraid if the colleagues in the question are bothering her, that how she should not be afraid to let her intentions of just friendship be known.
I answered quite a few questions pertaining to gender / race such as this one , and that answer was very well received. My answer themes of minimizing importance of gender / race / other personal characteristics and maintaining professionalism as one normally would with any other colleague seems to be well received in other questions.
What is wrong or unhelpful about this specific answer?