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    • CommentAuthorKevin Lin
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010 edited

    When you vote to close a question, one of the options for the reason for closure is "too localized". What does this mean exactly?

    (Plz no awful localization puns, kthxbye)


    I just pick reasons at random if there aren't any that are particularly suitable. Sometimes I use it to mean "too elementary".

    • CommentAuthorHarry Gindi
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010 edited

    Edit: Oops, double post.

    How do I solve $x^2+2x+1=0$ is too localized whereas how do I solve a quadratic equation is not so much.
    I don't know, but both of those examples would be "off topic".

    In practice "too localized" is usually code for "HW" which isn't one of the list of reasons.


    I'm surprised that there is no "other" reason that you can type in.

    • CommentAuthorKevin Lin
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010

    I agree with fpqc --- an "other" option would be nice.


    While "other" would be nice, there are valid uses for "too localized". We sometimes have questions where the point of the question is obscured by a huge amount of very specific detail. In a different direction, I closed on the basis that you had to have read a particular paper before the first sentence even made sense.