Here is the full text of the close reason:
There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.
So does this say 2 completely different things? Absolutely. But both generally point to the same exact idea, "the scope of your question is to big, you need to focus it more for us to help you".
The purpose of the close reasons is to provide general guidance to the OP on what might be wrong with their question. Specific guidance is usually reserved for the community to provide via comments and even editing.
So why do it this way? There reason is actually for the benefit of the question asker (aka OP).
Imagine a situation where you split up the general ideas into more specific ones, you will end up with possibly dozens of close reasons. Because every person can look at the same exact text and interpret it differently, you will end up with multiple close reasons selected.
- 2 people might select "Too many possible answers"
- 1 might select "Good answers would be too long for this format"
- 1 might select "Please clarify your specific problem"
- 1 might select "Add Additional details to highlight exactly what you need"
So how does this help explain anything? Yes the close reasons are more specific, but now there are 4 different ones selected and none have a majority. They way the system is designed now, only the close reason with the highest vote total will be displayed, so the only feedback the OP will get is "Too many possible answers" and is going to miss out on some of the other bits.
Where as if you combine the close reason how they are now you end up with:
- 3 votes for "Too Broad"
- 2 votes for "Unclear what you are asking"
Yes there is still a conflict, and the close reason on the question is still only going to show the top selected reason, but now you get feedback from the majority of users who selected "Too Broad".
And yes, these conflicts will get even worse when you have 5 different reasons selected as only the first one selected will be displayed.
So this is why we rely on the close reason to only provide general guidance. If you want specific guidance, then usually there is good feedback on what is wrong on the specific question in the comments.