It is not a dumb question
Basically, they are not considered since they are not melee weapons at all. When you are wielding a non-melee weapon, you simply roll 1d3 (for Medium-sized creatures) + Str + misc modifier. Some weapons have bonuses to melee attacks, increasing this damage, but they are never as effective in melee combat as a melee weapon that can provide a greater damage bonus to melee attacks.
And since they do not count as melee weapons, the character cannot benefit from the Martial Artist power, for example. The GM, however, is always free to change this and treat them as light melee weapons for the purpose of powers. But he or she should not treat give them bonus to melee damage as if they were light melee or heavy melee weapons as that will make characters ignore the melee weapons in the table.
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