In this question about the distribution of saving throws for spells, the question was closed as "too broad."
What is too broad about this question? How should it be workshopped to be re-opened?
Well, I always thought a balance question would not be considered too broad. As someone pointed out in the comments, all classes have
one of Dex, Con, and Wis and one of the remaining three
but we can still see that Constitution falls slightly behind. As the answerer said, however, this gets balanced by other saving throws, like poison, which balances things out.
While Miniman points out that
The asker wants someone to go through books with a fine comb, cataloguing abilities. Notably, there's no expertise involved here.
Aren't most rules questions similar to this? I've asked about movement speeds, and answered about comparisons of spells on highly voted questions. It is my opinion that many questions out there could could be answered by just fine combing the books, but as not everyone have all the resources available out there, then we group this information here in short segmented questions.
Maybe the help center should have a note on avoiding list-based questions, or questions that, despite having short answers, require a thorough analysis of a large amount of information. So basically,
Avoid questions whose answers rely on statistics that require a thorough analysis of a large portion of the rules
As a final note, if a question is VTC or downvoted by whatever reason, usually comments show how it can be edited and improved (e.g., split into 2 questions or something). In this case, how could it be improved?
[largely-reproducing my comments on the question itself]
At most, it generates discussion of saves across six attributes. Even if one took OP at their fullest and did an analysis of monsters' spells, that would only add a paragraph or two describing that result.
It's worse than a read the book to me question, it's "read all the books for me." Since the downvote-tooltip includes "lack of research effort," go ahead and downvote it. OP knows exactly what would be required to answer all the questions, and there's zero expertise required, plenty of effort required.
This is a very specific type of question. The asker wants someone to go through books with a fine comb, cataloguing abilities. Notably, there's no expertise involved here. Just a bunch of work that the OP doesn't want to do, and is hoping someone else will do for them.
Perhaps more importantly, it's not a type of question we see a whole lot of. And normally, when we see them, they're in the form of a list question. For example, the 2 questions mentioned in this meta.
So what does all this have to do with it being closed? Well, when users see a question that they think has problems, they tend to either downvote, close vote, or both. In this case, the resemblance to a list question has, I think, influenced people towards voting to close.
In a more general sense, this isn't a type of question we see a lot of, and while I might be wrong (someone please tell me if I am), I don't think we have an established policy towards them. So some users, myself included, aren't going to be sure what to do here, and one of the obvious reactions to a problematic question is the VTC.