As part of the rollout of the new post notices, changes were made to three of the top-level close reasons:
- Unclear what you're asking has become Needs details or clarity.
- Too broad has become Needs more focus.
- Primarily opinion-based has become Opinion-based.
Do these changes represent solely cosmetic changes in how the existing close reasons are presented to users (i.e. a distinction without a difference), or do they represent a substantive revision in the scope of what they cover? For example, is it possible for there to be a question that was clearly not too broad under the old close reasons but is now closable as Needs more focus (presumably, because it was never too broad per se, but has always been in need of more focus), or is this an absurd attempt at language-lawyering something that was never intended to represent a substantive change?
I do recognize that a large percentage of the questions that get closed for these reasons (E.g. "Why does my code not work [wall of code]?", "What is the best computer to buy?" or "The BEST. I have QUESTION download stuff HALP") would not suddenly become suitable under a slight mutation of the close reasons and that arguing over such dispositions is not productive, but I'm thinking about borderline cases where it might be worthwhile to review past closures, etc. against the "new" rules to see if the boundary (between closable and non-closable) has moved sufficiently to result in a different desired disposition. The question is whether there are any borderline cases to be concerned with at all, or if it is fair to say, for example, "Unclear means exactly the same thing as Needs details or clarity. A question Needs details or clarity IF AND ONLY IF it is Unclear what you're asking, with no exceptions whatsoever. They are exactly equivalent semantically, syntactically, and cosmologically, and any attempt to read a difference where none exists makes one liable for a review ban or worse."
An official answer could look something like one of these:
When we revised the names of the close reasons, we intended only to clarify what has always been the scope of those close reasons. All of the historic guidance on Meta Stack Exchange and per-site Metas fully applies mutatis mutandis to the "new" close reasons. They are identical in every way except for their labels.
The first two close reasons are unchanged in scope, but with the third, we actually did intend to narrow the scope of what constitutes an acceptable question. More specifically, questions that are opinion-based, but not primarily so (and thus not historically closable as primarily opinion-based), may now be closed. Please keep this in mind when reviewing the Close Votes queue, voting to close questions that are opinion-based in any way, even if not primarily, or we might ban you from review!