Questions tagged [too-broad]

This tag refers to the "too broad" close reason, concerning questions with either too many possible answers, where answers would be too long, or where a question's focus needs to be narrowed.

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The newer close reasons don't account for questions that are too general and require lengthy answers

There are some questions that are incredibly broad. These used to be closed under the "too broad" reason, but that went away. These questions now fall right between two of the new categories: Needs ...
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Can I request removal of “too broad” and “needs more focus”?

Q&A can be conducted at different levels of details. If a question asks about the big picture, an answer should just answer the big picture. The sun is giagantic, but when you see from the Earth, ...
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Too broad - pro/cons, who's interests does the rule serve? [duplicate]

I remember reading old-seasoned advise about posting questions on discussion groups - use we search before posting. And I agree with the pro of the rule is that valuable experts time is saved. ...
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If your son would ask, “Dad, why… ?”, would you answer: “Too broad, closed”?

I think, the answer is no. Instead, you would do this: You would decode, what your son really wants to know. You would summarize an answer on your best skills. Doing this, you would optimize an ...
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Can we get more recognition for canonical questions?

I've only asked one very broad question (according to popular consensus, and I agree, though it seems to now get upvotes for some reason), and it is on Stack Overflow: How could I generate and execute ...
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Can I ask a question which is an amalgam of several different questions? [closed]

When I asked a question on Stack Overflow I received multiple downvotes. In the comments one user specified that: This is not an appropriate "question" for stack overflow as its actually an ...
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Explicitly disadvise multiple questions per question in help/dont-ask

The help centre’s What types of questions should I avoid asking? is linked in many prominent places guiding users on how to ask questions. However, with respect to too broad question contains only ...
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Please update the description of “too broad” in the help centre

The "Too Broad" close reason has been changed to: Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer. Avoid asking multiple distinct ...
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Should a mod reopen a closed voted question for being broad if it has an accepted answer?

I am curious to know what the protocol is for moderators if a question is closed for being broad but before it was closed the question received answers and after going back and auditing questions to ...
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Is it OK to ask and answer a general question? [duplicate]

I was getting a certain error for a while. It took long reads and days to fix it. This error could have several causes, and I learned a few of them fixing mine. So, I was thinking about asking and ...
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What can low rep user do about question needing closure on site in Public Beta?

I recently posted on the Coffee.SE meta about a closing a question that was too broad. I had already flagged it for being too broad (which still hasn't been dealt with). A moderator replied to the ...
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Close the loop on “Too Broad”; make the close reason's actual intent reflected in its message

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 ...
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Meaning of comments - After adding detail to a question when receiving a warning as “closed as too broad”

A question edited perfectly after receiving the warning "closed as too broad". So some of the sentences removed and more of the sentences added to make it perfect. So now, what about the comments ...
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When can I feel comfortable to ask a question? [duplicate]

I always have questions! I keep a notepad with me most all times to jot down sudden ideas and thoughts that I can delegate away. When I go to looking at my notepad of things I'd love to know more ...
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Narrow “too broad” closing reason to the real problem - limit the answer count

The rationale behind closing questions as "too broad" is that: There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow the answer ...
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Some broad|O/T questions on StackOverflow belong on Programmers, but P.SE is prohibitive [duplicate]

I began reading through much of the Meta.SO posts on the subject, notably this one. On a daily basis, questions such as the ones below are asked on StackOverflow, many of which are are (for good ...