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Recently, two questions were closed for different reasons:

If I remember correctly, "too broad" has been used to close this kind of question, too. While I think questions like these can be closed, I also feel the reasons used to close them are not very spot-on.

  • "Primarily opinion-based" is usually for questions like "Who is the best Japanese novelist?", but the questions mentioned above theoretically have one correct answer.
  • "Unclear what you're asking" is mainly used for really poorly-written questions and non-questions.
  • "Too broad" is usually for questions like "Tell me everything about kanji" or "I have 5 different questions about this paragraph".

So which is the best reason to close questions which meet the following criteria?

  • What OP is asking for is clear, but the way to reach the correct answer is unclear.
  • OP is expecting a short answer.
  • Any answer will be a guess because of the lack of the context.
  • OP is not willing to (or not able to) provide additional details.
  • There is no way to verify if the answer is correct.

Or maybe we can add a "primarily speculative" or "insufficient context" close reason for this type of question? The description can be something like this:

Please edit the question to include enough context. As it's currently written, any answer to this question will be a speculation, and it is impossible to verify its correctness.

  • "Insufficient context" sounds good to me. It is a stronger statement than "primarily speculative" because it tells you why it is speculative. Your example text looks spot on. It may need to be backed up by a comment as well as a close vote because it may not be obvious to the OP what context is missing. – user3856370 Apr 14 at 15:36
  • @snailboat / other mods: is this something we have local control over? If so what sort of feedback/followup would you like to see on this meta post to make it happen? (And if we don’t have direct control, who is the right person to ping?) – Darius Jahandarie Apr 15 at 15:16

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