On our off-topic list we have a 'too broad' option.

Would it make sense to also have a 'too narrow' option? I'm thinking along the lines of this question:

Should I keep a 1:1 scale for a vehicle wrap vinyl print made in Photoshop?

The answer to that question is really only useful to that particular user and that particular project.

Even more specific, perhaps we need to have a 'off topic because you need to ask your vendor/printer/service provider' as these types of questions to crop up with some frequency.


My first concern with this is that it goes directly against the closing changes recently implemented:

5(A). "Too Localized" is no longer necessary since the specific off-topic reasons now address its main use case. (new)

Too Localized was, by far, the most misused close reason in our surveys, with both Community Managers and Moderators deeming over 50% of randomly sampled TL closures to not have merited closure (including on SO).

Today, TL is used helpfully on code dump questions on SO, but the new OT reasons are where this is now correctly addressed. SO can use "Large blocks of code with requests for debugging without meaningful supporting info" as a specific OT reason.

As you can see from the discussion below the post, there is a lot of disagreement with this removal.

My second concern is that we've already used our 3 allotted custom close reasons, and I think all three of them serve the site well. We can request that the community team provide us with the capability to have a fourth, but we must prove to them that it is something this site absolutely needs. Trying to make a convincing argument for a "too localized" close reason might not go over well seeing as it goes against the recent change dictated by the Stack Exchange team.

In general, I don't really have a problem with localized questions. Robert Cartaino put it nicely over at Pets.SE meta:

I don't particularly agree with your premise about local questions. When someone searches dog licenses in Los Angeles, I sure would like them to find this site. Once we ask allllll those questions that have been asked hundreds of times on every other site on this subject, it's those long-tailed questions that only a few people can answer — and do answer — that will really make this site shine. It's the interesting rarely-asked, well-answered question that will make this site stand out in the long term. This site should strive to become The Complete Compendium™ of all things pets.

Regarding the question you linked, I can see where we can make improvement but I don't think it's so terrible that we should banish it from the site.

  • So it sounds to adhere to the 'TL is deprecated' we maybe need to ask for and create our own custom OT option more centric to graphic design?
    – DA01
    Jan 16 '14 at 22:31
  • As for the example, I don't know if I agree that it's the same context. That is 'localized' in that it's about a region...rather than one individual's unique issue. There's lots of people in LA who may need dog licenses. There's only one person working with one vendor on one particular project.
    – DA01
    Jan 16 '14 at 22:32
  • Oh, finally...I don't think we need to 'ban' it either. It's just that it's a question with a stock answer: Ask your vendor for the spec's. At the very least, I suppose we should find the one answer that succinctly explains the 'ask your vendor' that we can redirect and then mark as 'duplicate'.
    – DA01
    Jan 16 '14 at 22:33
  • @DA01 Maybe we can redirect to this question: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/26353/…
    – Yisela
    Jan 17 '14 at 2:47
  • @Yisela I actually just wrote a new community wiki answer from scratch that we can maybe use: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/26354/… would love feedback/contribution from others.
    – DA01
    Jan 17 '14 at 3:06
  • @DA01 great idea!
    – JohnB
    Jan 17 '14 at 3:13
  • @DA01 Perfect! I just changed the link to yours. Nice job!!
    – Yisela
    Jan 17 '14 at 3:22

With such a narrowly focused issue, I'd explain why such a decision is made. Don't give an answer for the moment, explain why you might need to make said decision in the future. And there's a ton of good stuff in such that would be useful for other people in the future.

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