The close dialog no longer contains this option:
Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Tell us what you've tried to do, why it didn't work, and how it should work.
This was probably the close reason I most commonly used after not a real question and too localized were removed.
Now consider this question: https://stackoverflow.com/questions/21052253/what-is-the-output-of-the-following-c-program
It presents a small 15 line program and asks what the output is. It has received a large number of downvotes. It will serve no purpose for future visitors. I see no reason for it to remain on the site.
This has just been put on hold as too broad. This seems ridiculous to me. It's is not a broad question. It is a direct and exceptionally specific question. I posit that the voters picked too broad because they felt it should be closed, but could not find a good reason from the options available. But still picked one option even though it does not fit.
This presents a very bad picture to the asker. We are telling them the question is too broad but the exact opposite is the case.
What is the correct way for us to deal with a question of this nature. One that in days gone by would have been closed as too localized. Should we:
- Close it. And if so, using which reason.
- Leave it open and answer it.
My question here concerns just the question that was asked. I note that the question was closed before clarifying comments were added by the asker.