This was triggered by the question: Medications for asthma
It has been raised that maybe it’s too broad because of the side effects bit. That may be. In a prior iteration it also asked for “best” medications and people felt that may be too subjective. I actually think that part was fine, but that’s not the issue I’m raising here.
My (overlapping) concerns about this question*:
It’s trivial. The OP could have found an answer with a google search. Or whatever “manual” you prefer.
It’s not interesting to experts. I’m not an expert in the area. However, if I was answering it, I would be irritated that I needed to come up with references. I imagine this would be even more true for experts.
It’s too broad (even excluding the side effects bit). A good answer would be too long for this format.
The published literature is too good. Are we going to do better than this?
- It opens up a can of worms. Are we going to have a question for every disease, “how do I treat X?"
On the other hand:
Not everybody thinks so.
How do you know?
A good summary is possible.
Meh, nobody reads that stuff.
Is this sort of thing OK here?
If not, should we have a close reason: "This is a general reference question."?
* The purpose of this meta discussion is not to deal with this particular question. I think this is generalizable to any of the zillion possible questions that will likely arise asking similar general reference questions.