Based on the Meta question Old questions w/o answers and low view count we came to the conclusion: It is often quite unclear what makes a question "too localized". So we need some (at least more) clear rules on which a decision can be based. Let's start with what we have:
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. For help making this question more broadly applicable, see the FAQ.
Which is a rather broad description: How can one tell the mentioned criteria? Some clear numbers would be helpful. Let me give some examples of what are IMHO clear candidates:
- a question bein 6 month or older, having neither answers nor comments1, and less than 10 views/month on average
- a question on a device available only in one country AND connected to other very local criteria (e.g. just happens with one small provider)
- a question on a very specific situation which one rarely mets ("I want to sync my calendar with a [very unknown software] on my [very unknown OS]", to construct a drastic example)
1 asking the OP for additional details/making the point clearer not counted, as those are mostly in the context "what do you really want? what is the question here?"
Can we have more clear examples in this Meta page, which then could be linked either to the FAQ link given in the quoted text, or even directly included with this text? Could you please list up things you would say are very clear -- and we make a summary later (maybe even in a different Meta question, to get it clear and easy for all readers, and link back to our brain-storming here)?
Also it would be interesting to list up what is frequently misinterpreted as being "too localized". Today's example: Why I am unable to check balance on BSNL Mobile in Android Phone? This message was not yet 1 hour old, having had 12 views, and was already marked by one vote-to-close as "too localized". My guess is: One special (Japanese?) provider plus one special DualSIM phone gave the reasons of being "localized". But what if tomorrow we find the question has been viewed 2.500 times within 24 hours? "unlikely to help any future visitors"? Though it might be geographically localized on a first glance, it might turn out a general DualSIM problem applying world-wide!
So to sum up:
Could you all please list up, from your personal experience and feeling, what are clear indicators for a "too localized" question -- and what are clear indicators agains a message being "too localized", though it might look different on a first glance -- so we can "distill" easily understandable guidlines from it?