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The new "needs more focus" wording is

Needs more focus
This question currently includes multiple questions in one. It should focus on one problem only.

And that doesn't cover the 80%* of questions we used to close with this close reason for actually being too broad.

For example,

How is the Fourier transform useful in signal processing?

is a single question, but we don't have a close reason for that anymore. It is parsecs to broad to be answered.

Can we fix this? It's a bug, since it effectively breaks the feedback loop between moderation and askers.


* like 82.34% of statistics, this number is made up


Also asking an equivalent question on EE.SE, since they are much bigger and might have a different view on this.

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The problem is, I think, that the standard close reasons from SO changed.

These are the current ones:

Standard reasons

i.e. Duplicate, Needs more focus, and Needs details or clarity.

The other options are:

Other options for closure

and we only have three that we can change: General programming, working code, and homework question.

I'd be happy to change one of those three back to "Too Broad", but I'm not sure which one to remove.

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  • $\begingroup$ uh, that's an interesting problem! $\endgroup$ – Marcus Müller Apr 16 at 20:35
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    $\begingroup$ If we're willing to interpret "multiple questions" as including single questions that imply a potentially infinite number of other questions, it can technically count as "too broad." :) $\endgroup$ – datageist Apr 16 at 21:05
  • $\begingroup$ @datageist LOL. :-) Yes, we could. :-) $\endgroup$ – Peter K. Apr 16 at 21:41

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