A question of mine just got VTCed with the following "explanation" (I don't want to be rude and say "excuse", but I can find gazillions of SFF questions that fit the same criteria which were NOT VTCed for the same reason):
Voted to close as not a real question for being incomplete due to lack of demonstrated relevance. From How to Ask: "Make it clear how your question is relevant to more people than just you, and more of us will be interested in your question and willing to look into it"; from How to Ask Questions The Smart Way: "If you are trying to find out how to do something [...], begin by describing the goal. Only then describe the particular step towards it that you are blocked on."
That is, what does it matter? What issue with the text are you trying to rectify by getting an answer to this? If this is a stepping stone to a larger question that has more context, ask that question instead.
Frankly, this seems WAY off base on SFF (both the reasoning in general, and in particular quoting a FAQ on how to ask technical/programming questions by ESR).
First of all, I'm not aware of any rules on SFF of demonstrating "relevance".
Is there some rule somewhere that every question must be because of "issue with the text are you trying to rectify"?
How is that specific question materially different from 100s if not 1000s of OTHER SFF questions that are asked merely because someone is curious about something?
Is there a rule that says that I MUST specify the reason for asking or else the question will be closed?
As far as the second comment, the last time I checked, tons of mods and high rep users commented on newbie posts containing several distinct questions "Please split it up into more than one question".
Moreover, in my case, WHAT will get asked in a followup heavily depends on what the answer to the first question (and if there is an answer at all). I don't see how that's grounds for penalizing the question.
NOTE: I have split off the question about the quote from How to Ask Questions The Smart Way into a separate meta question