"[...] it helps people define more clearly when a question should be closed. And that's something we really need for riddles right now."
As per request of several people, including myself, I need to ask a question regarding close votes and riddles that are "too broad". History has it, creators often suspect close votes to come from users who just can't find the answer quickly enough.
I want to provide a variety of cases showing how people dealt with closings in the past:
Harder than hard
This one is my own question so I can tell some details. I received the first close votes and right after that I edited my question + added a hint. Some time later the question even got solved which provided a unique answer for the riddle beating every other answer so far. Yet, the question got closed after that.
Silent as the grave
Here we can see many answer that are not too bad in my opinion. If one or the other had been accepted I wouldn't have complained. Still I admit I felt like the question was too broad as it allowed for many answers to fit quite well. But no sign of a close vote or a comment regarding this matter.
I'm generous if you like me, but greedy if you hate me
Last one is a question with many nice answers and an OP who even edited his question saying: "This one was probably a little too broad [...]"
Yet, no sign of a close vote whatsoever!
I don't want to force a close on any of the other questions. I just mentioned them to make a point. Obvisouly we were not able to cast close votes in a reasonable way.
In order to deal with the close votes in general, not only "too broad", I think we are in need for some kind of guide lines for each of the closing reasons:
- too broad
- off topic
- unclear what you're asking
- primarily opinion-based