Was closing this question the right thing to do?

The description reads

It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form.

Personally I think it's quite clear what's being asked. Further more I can't see how it is ambiguous. It's definitely neither vague, incomplete nor overly broad. It's not the slightest "rhetorical". I definitely think it can be answered...

...actually it was really easy to answer. Perhaps that was the issue? People thought "why don't the guy google it for himself?" and just voted to close to "dismiss" it.

Is "too simple", or "that's easy enough for you to find out yourself" valid reasons for closing a question as Not a real question? If so, shouldn't the description be altered to reflect this?

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    Thanks for reminding me to vote on that question. Done. – Uphill Luge May 28 '11 at 23:50
  • Now reopened for business. – Rick Sladkey May 29 '11 at 0:19
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    Voted to close. – user7116 May 29 '11 at 13:51
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    "This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, [and] overly broad" Which of those does it not qualify for? – Cody Gray May 29 '11 at 14:38

we are experimenting with the "too trivial / general reference" close reason elsewhere on the network. The question you referenced is a good example of why.

Introduce a "general reference" close reason

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    That's an interesting feature. Though I must say I agree with Ninefingers answer. Take the question we're discussing right now for instance. 1) It would definitely have been closed (correctly) using this close reason. 2) Look at the beautiful answer that popped up 3 hours ago. I learned a lot from this question / answer, and so would someone googling for "what is lwuit". – aioobe May 29 '11 at 7:32
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    I think it's still quite crap, but YMMV. – Jeff Atwood May 29 '11 at 7:42

It appears that people though "Light Weight User Interface" was being used in a generic way rather than referring to a specific product.

If that were the case, then the close would be fully justified.

As it stands, that reason does not make sense. On the other hand, the answer is a trivial google away:

screen capture of google showing links to answers plus freehand circles

So I am not sure it survives scrutiny anyway.

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    For the record: The original title of the question was What is LWUIT(Light Weight User interface)? so I hardly believe it was thought of as a generic question. "...the answer is a trivial google away" -- Right. So..... does that mean that you agree that it should be closed or not? – aioobe May 28 '11 at 22:24
  • @aioobe: Possibly, if not for the close reason used. See Introduce a “general reference” close reason for a discussion around introducing a new close reason for just these kinds of questions. – Michael Petrotta May 28 '11 at 22:32
  • Yep. that would be a valid close reason. So basically closing these ones as "not a real question" for the time being is the best option currently? – aioobe May 28 '11 at 22:35
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    @aiboobe: Not in my opinion. I think these kinds of questions get closed (and downvoted) out of frustration with the OPs' laziness. They're real questions, but they're really crappy questions. I, personally, would like to see the "general reference" close reason added to SO, but in the meantime, I'm not voting to close. Downvoting though, that's reasonable. – Michael Petrotta May 28 '11 at 22:39
  • @Michael Petrotta, +1 for get closed (and downvoted) out of frustration – aioobe May 29 '11 at 7:21

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