I have a question regarding "trivial" questions which sometimes appear on this site. By "trivial", I mean they don't require more insight than to "look in the manual". These usually aren't good candidates for a Q/A site, because they can easily create a flood of almost-duplicate questions, none of these helping any future user.
A good solution in some cases is to create a generic question, making all those real duplicates of that generic question. However, it is not always possible, and even when it is, I understand this site doesn't wish to become a parallel manual for common packages.
Before I mention the question I have in mind, disclaimer : "it's in the manual" isn't always an useful answer, because some manuals are more helpful than others, provide more examples, etc. But in that case, we should expect the asker to show that he has browsed the manual, and even if possible, to show the exact part he doesn't understand.
That's the same idea as on forums, "google is your friend": sometimes finding appropriate keywords for a google query is a problem by itself.
But once we took care of these problems, some "really trivial" questions remain : the example I have in mind is this recent question. As you can see, the needed work from the question's code snippet to a real answer is... very small.
I voted to close this question as "too localized", but I was really unsure:
- in some sense it could be a duplicate of a more general question about tikz styles (however, I couldn't find any such duplicate, so that settles it)
- in some sense it's not a real question... because it's hard to know what is asked, what the OP misses to transform his code to an actual answer
- in some sense it's indeed too localized, because the answer won't probably help anybody (but the question could!)
- and finally, don't forget that maybe the asker really wants to learn something, probably that "trivial" point he is missing in his code (maybe the fact that "rectangle" is the default shape?)... in which case the question should be kept open.
More specifically, about the "too localized" flag, since it is the one which "won", when I read its description:
This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet.
I can't say how it applies to the question: it is neither specific to a localization or a time-frame, and the problem isn't particularly "extraordinary narrow". However, once again, we can't really make the "Duplicate" or "Not a real question" descriptions fit there either, in my opinion.
So my question is : should such questions be left open by default? Or what is the appropriate closing reason to choose?