Today I read a question asking if there had been any official statements about whether a forthcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film’s storyline would cross over with other films in the series:

The question specifically asked about the existence of statements, so it’s not really speculative. But it did ask for statements that related to the content of a movie that’s coming out in less than three weeks.

It struck me as pretty localized, and thus maybe off-topic (as per this meta question). Is that right? (And if so, what’s would be the appropriate close reason?)

(See also this question? And maybe this one?)

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    Since we no longer have a "too localized" close reason, I think any existing meta answers defining what is or isn't "too localized" are rendered moot. That said, one of the mods said we could get "too localized" back if we really wanted it.
    – phantom42
    Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 14:25
  • Sure, and general reference isn’t a close reason either. Cool cool, so not a vote-to-close question then. Commented Jul 15, 2014 at 14:44
  • @phantom42 I'd vote for bringing it back
    – Izkata
    Commented Jul 19, 2014 at 0:48

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I would say any question that requests official information, rather than speculation, is likely acceptable. It may or may not be a good question, but it is probably one that can stay open.

If there is specific reason to suspect further information may exist (hints in a press release or interview, precedent from other works in the series, similar patterns in the materials the work is based off of), questions like this can be quite good.

Of course, in the absence of such sources, questions like this can also be quite bad, and even good questions may result in answers of "no" or "we don't know yet".

Still, I don't think that is sufficient for closure.

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    I must admit that "The answer will be known in 3 weeks" does make me uncharacteristically wish for "too localized" close reason. Commented Jul 16, 2014 at 13:51
  • @DVK You can use a custom off-topic close reason, and explain why the question has no lasting value. That's the official advice for the very rare cases where “too localized” was warranted: “too localized” was removed not because it wasn't a reason to close but because it was so rarely used correctly (i.e. “too localized” was too localized). Be sure to explain why the question should be closed, don't use the jargon “too localized” which only SE veterans understand.
    – user56
    Commented Jul 19, 2014 at 9:19
  • @Gilles - Thanks! Good idea! Commented Jul 25, 2014 at 15:26

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