What should a question like this be flagged for? I'm torn between "unclear what you're asking" and "too broad". My problem here is indeed applicable to other sites, too. This question on the blender site can be just seen as an example, used for the purposes of my question. I want to know what to do if a question does not provide enough detailed information ("too broad"), which makes the question unclear ("unclear what your asking"). I think this kind of question isn't that rare which makes answers applicable to other sites/topics, too.

closed as off-topic by gnat, Arulkumar, Robert Longson, Ward - Reinstate Monica, rene Jun 14 '18 at 16:25

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question's topic is only applicable to one specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should relate to features or policies that commonly apply to the network or the software that drives it, within the guidelines defined in the help center. You should ask this question on the meta site where your concern originated." – gnat, Arulkumar, Robert Longson, Ward - Reinstate Monica, rene
If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit the question.

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    This is certainly a problem that occurs across the network; I know at Arqade we encounter it regularly. – fbueckert Jun 18 '18 at 20:55

Ultimately, it doesn't matter. We close questions put questions on hold because we want the author to edit them into a form where it's acceptable for the site. Both close reasons (visible to the author after the post is put on hold) mention this:

unclear what you're asking

Please clarify your specific problem or add additional details to highlight exactly what you need. As it's currently written, it’s hard to tell exactly what you're asking. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.

too broad

Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct questions at once. See the How to Ask page for help clarifying this question.


Whichever you feel matches closest to how you think. It doesn't ultimately matter which you pick, and it's okay for close voters to use both reasons between them. If you think the question is problematic for both reasons, if you wish you can write a comment explaining so and asking for both clarity and specificity.

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