As inspired by this particular answer by Shog9, I'm calling for a change in wording to the "Too Broad" close reason.
Presently, the close reason reads as thus:
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.
This invites misinterpretations that can lock down on-topic questions, or label questions which really need more edit love than close votes as "undesirable". In effect, the wording can lead one to think that a long yet objective and on-topic question should be closed as "too broad", because it's long.
Let's be explicit about why a question should be closed as "too broad".
As a reference, some things as pointed out by Shog9 indicate why the close reason exists at all:
There are multiple questions being asked. Someone is trying to get a two-fer rather than just posting multiple, separate questions. This is closely related to...
Questions that try to cover too much ground. Asking for help solving a specific problem that arose while writing your OpenGL wireframe renderer is totally legit. Asking for advice on writing said renderer when you've barely more than a list of requirements is too much - a good answer would be a textbook on software design and probably include large portions of Foley, van Dam, Feiner and Hughes. These questions often transition gracefully into...
Questions that lack any specificity at all. Now we're in a situation where there are multiple "correct" answers because there are no criteria for proving anything incorrect! Questions asking for OpenGL tutorials or help designing systems for which no requirements are provided fall into this category, and often become not just too broad but overly opinion-based.
To that end, we should change the wording to reflect this intent, with the main themes being more than one question asked and questions which lack specificity. I'm no wordsmith, but here's what I came up with:
There is more than one question being posed, or the question being posed is not concisely focused to reasonably answer. Please revise the question to narrow its scope or isolate a specific issue which can be answered in a few paragraphs.
My personal thought is "few paragraphs" is ambiguous because "few" is ambiguous" But, my hope is that this at least attempts to address some confusion about when to use this close reason and why.
Thoughts? Concerns? Better wordsmithing (which is always welcome)?
:(. I don't have enough close votes to make a dent on any of the really obvious off-topic Q's, like recommendations. I have tried to focus on flagging answers only, but a lot of the time I end up wanting to close the question anyway. I usually avoid voting on anything borderline, anyway.