I asked a kind of simple question recently and it was closed as "too broad". Virtualization: Assign graphics card to vm and back to host when the vm exits. - Is this possible?

But I'm having trouble understanding why/how is it "too broad". I'd say you could legitimately answer the question with a simple "yes" or "no". I mean, sure, some hints on how it could be achieved would be nice, but I don't see how the question would be "too broad".

So how do I get more details for why the question is "too broad"?

too broad - if your question could be answered by an entire book, or has many valid answers, it's probably too broad for our format

There are either too many possible answers, or good answers would be too long for this format. Please add details to narrow down the answer set or to isolate an issue that can be answered in a few paragraphs.

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    If a question can be answered by a "yes" or "no" answer that is a sign there is a problem with the question.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 12:01
  • @Ramhound But can such a question too broad?
    – Forivin
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 12:38
  • I think "Yes" and "No" questions are often indeed broad in nature. It means the scope of the question has not been reduced. While a question can have a wide scope, it still has to solve a problem, and normally that problem has specific elements.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 13:36

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Usually, people would add a comment explaining why the question is too broad. However, that's completely optional.

There is really nothing you can do to get people to provide more details. I would recommend asking the friendly folks in our chat room.

In your specific case, the operating system and the hypervisor you're using would be a good start to make the question more answerable.

  • Hmm, but I didn't really have a specific hypervisor or OS in mind. I mean, sure, a Unix based OS or Windows would be nice, but I really don't care about the hypervisor as long as it would be able to the job.
    – Forivin
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 12:37
  • The chat room gladly answered my question. Thanks for the tip. :)
    – Forivin
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 13:31
  • @Forivin - you have to understand the hypervisor you choose makes a huge difference. You having a specific hypervisor or at least the TYPE of hypervisor would have helped.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 13:40
  • Well, I just wanted to know if it would be possible. I had no specific hypervisor on my mind. I just wanted to know if it was possible. Now that I know it is possible if you are on Linux, it might make sense to ask a more specific question. But if I had asked "would it be possible on win 7 using hyperv" the answer would have been no... And that would have helped whom? The answerer maybe, but certainly not me.
    – Forivin
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 14:06
  • "Is it possible" with which Hypervisor? You asked the reason it was closed for being bro do provided a possible reason. Your question isn't a "Yes" or "No" question.
    – Ramhound
    Commented Mar 11, 2016 at 22:33

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