Once in a while I find a question that asks how accomplish a single task, but in several different contexts. For example, this question asks, "How do I prevent web browsers A, B, and C from automatically moving my cursor to another field?" Another question asks, "How do I insert a single but differently-oriented page into a Word document for Office 2007 and later?"
As for answers to these questions, at one end of the spectrum are those where the context doesn't matter. For example, changing the orientation of a single page can be done following the same basic steps in the four latest versions of Word. At the other end are answers that may require several parts to address each context, such as if the OP with the Word question were to include Office 2003 which requires different steps due to lack of the Ribbon menu system.
How should we decide when to close these questions as too broad? Is that decision based on the content of the question alone, or should we invoke some prejudgement about the nature of the potential answers?
I admit my approach to this point has been based on my foreknowledge of potential answers. It seems silly to close questions that can be answered with a one-size-fits-all answer. Doing so suggests we want what would amount to four questions asking the same thing, each for a different version of Word, but each with basically the same answer. But I wonder if this strategy is too subjective and therefore flawed. Suppose I think the browser question will require wildly different answers for each web browser, but I'm wrong and a one-size-fits-all solution exists? This seems like a guessing-game I should avoid...pushing me back toward the position of closing questions that even dare to ask about more than a single target context.
Where and how does one draw the "too broad" line with these sort of questions?
multiple solutions = too broadbeing a suitable test. Case in point: This question's usefulness is vastly improved by the broad number of solutions it has attracted. Imagine if the only answer it had was one of the lower-voted ones.