I had assisted in narrowing the scope of this question: What kite-surfing equipment should I start with?, this question: https://sports.stackexchange.com/q/3783 , and this question: how to jump on a snowboard - beginner. However, there still has been input in regards to these questions being too broad.

On the contrary, similar and (arguably) less narrow questions were received favorably: How can I get started in golf? and How to start with halfpipe snowboarding? and Archery for beginners and Learning Cricket and Learning ski jumping

Are questions in the form/manner "How can I get started in [sport]?" on-topic? If so, how should one approach asking this type of question?

  • Looking for answers from those who think these questions are too broad. Help Sports SE define its scope!
    – user527
    Jan 7, 2014 at 13:59

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I skipped that close review post, because I was having second thoughts, only to realize this meta post afterwards.

What strikes me is that people find the question too broad, but fail to edit the question. I thought the request itself was pretty clear, but with too much text.

I reviewed the question (edited) and in this state, I find the question Sports beta worthy. I hope it will attract people, that "speak" from first hand and not just people searching for and internet answer.

  • Agreed. The main point here is that if a question needs to be improved, improve it. If it's "too broad," wheres the reasoning or the assistance to improve it?
    – user527
    Jan 4, 2014 at 19:58
  • I like your last point because first-hand experience outweighs research in such questions.
    – user527
    Jan 4, 2014 at 19:59
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    So true. In regards to many sports, someone who has played it before and knows what it requires will give a much more thorough answer than just looking at a list of rules or guidelines.
    – Seplo
    Jan 6, 2014 at 17:39
  • Just an aside, it appears answers based on experience need sources as such answers have an "inherent weakness" in that they cannot be verified. I defended against it here, because I don't agree (as SE is a site for experts, so expertise and experience is much appreciated).
    – user527
    Jul 20, 2016 at 12:53

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