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"General reference" is a closing reason used from some sites, for questions that are too simple.

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General Reference questions create low-quality dead ends for Googlers

Introducing a "general reference" close reason was rejected by Jeff and Joel for fears of abuse. Jeff said in a comment: Joel is very concerned it will be abused. I have concerns as well, since ...
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PHP Errors Reference question [closed]

I recently came across this question. It basically boils down to What is the cause of white screen? What is the cause of X? What is the cause of Y? with each question being hyperlinked to an ...
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Please add a 'far too easy for this site' flag, or something similar [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Introduce a “general reference” close reason Related: Closing 'easy' questions - yes or no? Stack Overflow gets flooded with questions of extremely basic ...
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Should a clear lack of research be grounds for closing a question?

This question was recently closed (partly thanks to my own vote to close it.) While it was closed as being "off topic", I'm not sure that's actually the case. The poster asked about resources for ...
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Why was this closed as "not a real question"?

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 ...
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close reason for questions which are just too simple? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Introduce a “general reference” close reason Questions which are too simple (i.e. answer can be found in the most basic manual), are currently most often closed ...
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Introduce a "general reference" close reason

There is a certain amount of questions that are absolutely trivial in nature: How to format a date, how to concatenate a string, et cetera. Questions that could be solved by taking a look into the ...
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If General Reference becomes a close reason, add a field for an url like for duplicates [closed]

Today, Jeff said on the blog that they are thinking to add a new close reason: general reference: this question is too basic; the answer is indexed in any number of general internet reference sources ...
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