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. Apr 14, 2019 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?) Apr 15, 2019 at 15:16


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