Regarding the following question: Would you have called this a penalty?
I had responded that the ultimate close reason was unclear to me:
As it stands, given this was a local-level match, it probably isn't notable enough to generate good answers in its current form.
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it relates a specific officiating decision in a match that was not rare, controversial or notable in some other way.
I can get over the not rare and controversial part as they are self-explanatory (though if the occurrence is not rare, an answer can be more easily provided, but I digress). If the original poster felt compelled enough to ask the question in the first place, then it is notable to him/her.
I had asked "Who decides what is notable?" and had attempted to interpret what is "notable," but I still have not come to a conclusion on those inquires. My interpretation, based on comments below, says matches at high levels of sport is what is notable.
"If a specific incident does not have some notability, it is unlikely to be useful to other readers unless framed generally. However, if it is rare or controversial, this may get around the notability requirements... if it doesn't involve a team in the highest national league of a country, or a first-international team, I will generally vote to close."
Notability and notability requirements are mentioned here but are not defined. I looked at the accepted answer and it appears notable = rare or controversial. Which leaves "notable in some other way" as something that is unclear to me, though I have inquired about it multiple times.
I find this unfair to those at lower-levels of sport as they are the demographic that is most likely to seek help on this site. Moreover, officiating is generally universal save nuances with a given league/level of sport. See this question for a great example of such. I understand that question is framed generally, but it refers to officiating application without having to refer to higher levels of rules.
Request: Define the criteria for what is "notable" or eliminate the requirement ("rare, controversial, or notable") altogether.
I find the question has three more appropriate and more objective close reasons:
- Primarily opinion-based
- Unclear what is being asked
- Specific officiating decision
Primarily opinion-based because the question is phrased in such a way ("Would you have called this a penalty?") and the answer suggests that it is hard to provide a good answer ("Since we didn't see that situation it is hard to form a good answer for it."). Lack of ruleset and footage also makes the question more prone to opinion.
Unclear what is being asked "as it is about a specific situation without giving us enough info about it: 'Would you have called it?' - 'Called what? We didn't see it.'" @dly
Specific officiating decision because it is a type of question that will most likely only help the original poster.