This Arduino SE community has a more laid back scope than most sites. We have a fair number of shopping questions, which aren't allowed on most other sites. However, that doesn't mean that we shouldn't close a question if it's asking for too much information. I don't mind helping people out, but I hate when a question gets focused on such a small audience that it's only useful to the OP and one other person.
For example, Creating a wireless remote was asked a few minutes ago. Should we refuse these questions and require the OP to break them down into smaller groups? It's asking about:
- Does this board fit my needs?
- What should I use for Bluetooth?
- How would I code this?
That seems like it's useful to only one person: the OP. I feel the OP has good intentions, but we don't want to get a lot of questions that are this specific. I personally feel that this should be closed and then either split or edited by the OP to focus the question. I didn't want to close it because I felt that closing this might spark a little controversy, and I wanted to get the community's input.
How should we handle this? I don't know if all of the parts would be a good fit for our site, but I don't know how to really tell the OP that in a nice way. They need help, but this doesn't seem to fit the theme of other SE sites. Should we allow this type of question on our site? It would help gain newbies, but other sites have abandoned this practice for practical reasons a long time ago. However, it seems like we need to allow some of this type of question so we don't "scare" off new users.
Another question that might have a limited audience is specific board recommendations. IMHO the consensus was that you can't which board would fit [insert purpose], but you can ask what differences between boards.
There's no debate if that question should be closed. It needs to be broken up. What I really want to discuss here is if such open ended questions would be good for the site. We shouldn't leave them open just to get more questions. If we feel these types of questions, such as "would this board be good for my purpose?", would be constructive then they should be left. I, personally think they are too specific, and the how to ask page even says to make it applicable to more than one or two people. Like I said earlier, I want to know what the community thinks (and document the policy here if any confusion were to arise.)