Yes, I did see all the other questions saying specific questions are not too localized and this one, but this won't exactly fit in a comment, and isn't too applicable as an answer.
Maybe I'm just incapable of seeing the difference between questions, but it seems that if some (high-reputation) users can have their way, 99.99999% of the questions on SO will be closed as too localized. SO is after all for specific (programming) problems related to specific programming languages or specific APIs, right? This is exactly what most of the questions that are closed as too localized are.
The only questions that I think should be closed as too localized are those that ask for code to be written for a specific programming problem (which can be closed as not constructive / off topic), variations:
- A specific exception for a very specific programming problem can still be pretty widely applicable
- Why code doesn't do what it's supposed to can (arguably) still be widely applicable
To quote the FAQ:
This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet.
unlikely to help any future visitors / extraordinarily narrow situation
How many people use any given language or API? To think that 2 (or 3, or 4, or 100, or 1000) people won't run into the (exact) same problem is simply naive (at least for reasonably well-known languages or APIs).
small geographic area / a specific moment in time
Fair enough, but honestly I haven't seen a single question closed or eligible to be closed for either of these reasons. Though I'd still have complaints about closing for "small geographic area".
So I suppose the question is - what do we want SO to be? Do we want it to be a site with less than a 1000 questions on, each of which is applicable to 1000s of people, or do we want SO to be a resource where you can find the solution to just about any programming problem. I was under the impression we were going for the latter.
My request - remove the overly misused "too localized" reason or at least limit it to
small geographic area /
a specific moment in time (with a clear message notifying of the change)
As requested, examples (the first few of this query):
1) This (maybe duplicate, unclear or not constructive).
2) This actually looks like a pretty decent question.
3) This seems like many people might have the same problem.
4) This also seems like many people might have the same problem.
5) This seems very widely applicable.
Note - these are actually the first five from the query, I didn't even skip any.