The BUILD conference this week (preview of Windows 8) is generating plenty of questions.

Reference question is here.

While generally of interest of developers, I don't care much for questions that are this speculative and inevitably become irrelevant within a year or less. Is it okay to close them? What close reason should be preferred?

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    I think the "Referenced question" is a useful question at this time, and does have a good answer as the SDK can be downloaded. However it may become "too localized" over the next year. – Ian Ringrose Sep 15 '11 at 14:09
  • It is funny the reference question is still relevant three years later. This hasn't changed even two versions after the release of the SDK. I certainly didn't expect it to be relevant after release. – Murven Dec 2 '14 at 0:22

I think there are two different kinds of questions here:

  1. concrete questions about preview- or beta-software:
    • How do I doo foo in Windows Developer Preview?
    • Why doesn't frobnicate correctly work in Android 4.0 Beta?
    • ...
  2. speculative questions about preview- or beta-software:
    • How will feature X work in Windows 8 Beta when it is released in February?
    • What will be the default background in Android 4.0 Final?

I think #1 is fine, even if the correctness might change with time (that can happen with all software).

And #2 is bad, but not because it's about preview- or beta-software, but because it's speculative and doesn't have definite answers.

In my opinion questions about preview- or beta-software are not inherently wrong.


Use too localized when the usefulness and relevance of questions becomes obsolete as nobody would be left working on the beta version if the full fleshed product is out there. They only serve to clutter the search results and muddy the signal.

This question is unlikely to ever 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.

For speculative questions and those that grab at will anything about peering into the crystal ball, change it up between not a real question

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.

or not constructive

This question is not a good fit to our Q&A format. We expect answers to generally involve facts, references, or specific expertise; this question will likely solicit opinion, debate, arguments, polling, or extended discussion.

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    But use "too localized" until the full fleshed product is out there and have replaced the beta. – Ian Ringrose Sep 15 '11 at 14:06

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