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3:26 PM
Hi, I think there are a few questions being closed because of "too broad" but that can be answered briefly. If the question is too broad, it might also be because the expected answer is not too in deep. If I ask "What is math useful for?", an answer could be 1,000 pages long explaining all the use cases it has, or be in general. @EnergyNumbers is voting a lot for this and I think it's counterproductive.
For example:
http://economics.stackexchange.com/questions/336/inflation-reasons-beyond-friedman
http://economics.stackexchange.com/questions/319/are-there-any-long-term-benefits-of-inflation
Regarding that second question (it's not mine), I remember studying that and it helps, for example, to help economy move from one sector to newer more productive ones. I'm not an expert at all and that's why I didn't answer it, but I still think an answer could be summarized in a few points.
I find it easy to vote to close as "too broad", but it's useful to be able to summarize a topic and give a concrete answer.
 
3:56 PM
@DiegoJancic We're in private beta. We're not here for broad questions, general questions, beginners' questions, "summarise 80 years of research in 3 paragraphs" question or anything like that. All of those should be closed. It's up to you whether you choose "off topic" or "too broad" - either fits.
Once private beta is over, there'll be a discussion on meta about how basic a level we are prepared to handle. But questions that are too broad will still be closed, until they're made more specific
 
 
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5:25 PM
Yes @EnergyNumbers, I've read your comments. I would like to know others' opinions.
 
6:11 PM
@DiegoJancic What's your interpretation of the invitation email you received from Stack Exchange to the private beta? You know, the bits that say:
> The private beta gives you the opportunity to get the site off to a great start with expert questions and answers. When we open to the public, new users will look at your questions to get an idea of what they should ask. ...
and
> Remember, you get the site you build! Ask difficult, specific questions — the kind of questions pros and experts ask each other, not the kind of questions novices ask pros, because a site full of pros and experts will attract everybody, but a site full of novices rapidly becomes boring. No easy questions, no survey questions, no polls, no intro-level/basic questions, no unanswerable hypothetical questions.
 
6:43 PM
Well, yes. I read this discussion already somewhere else (not sure if it was here or where). "Pros" and "Experts" are very subjective words. I don't think all questions have to be doctorate-level, but as person with some knowledge of economy and math (more than the average person for sure but way less than most of you) I have tons of doubts. I'm not asking "what is money?" either.
 
 
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8:22 PM
@DiegoJancic So would you say you've asked expert questions and given expert answers?
 

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