Inspired by this question: http://photo.stackexchange.com/questions/706/what-are-some-of-the-best-spots-in-new-york-city-to-take-really-good-pictures

Are posts that ask for photo location tips on or off topic?

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Came here about that exact same post. I'm conflicted about what the answer should be for this site. –  user167 Jul 17 '10 at 5:48

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I'd vote for off topic. Only subjective answers can be given and the list itself is infinite. In theory everybody would want to get unique picture, not something that has been done million times before. But that's just theory.

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I think the "subjective" and "infinite answers" problems are a lot more compelling than off-topic. –  mattdm Jun 29 '11 at 21:40

Well, I think there is a fine line here. This particular question could be taken advantage of and everyone will start asking the same thing for every city on the planet, which I am not sure is appropriate. However, someone new to a city (NYC in this case) who is not interested in postcard shots could get valuable information from a community sourced dialog, which is the purpose of the site, right? To get the community to answer and participate in questions. If things get out of control, the moderators can close the question or the community can down vote the question too. If the spirit of the site is to involve the community, I say let it ride and let the community decide on a case by case basis. It works out quite well on the other stack* sites.

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Perhaps this sort of thing is ideal for the "third place"? blog.stackoverflow.com/2010/07/third-place-chat-beta-preview –  Edd Jul 20 '10 at 14:48

If the question is detailed enough or if the possible answers can be detailed enough (and objective) it's on topic. But the question that is referred to is just too general and the answers that could be given would be too wide spread. If the question contained a type or style of photography I would say it would be on topic even if that would result in a long list of possibilities.

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I would say that it's rather too localised than off-topic.

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New York city has a population of over 8 million, and almost 50 million tourists a year. That's significantly more than the audience for most of the questions on this site. –  mattdm Jun 29 '11 at 21:38
    
@mattdm: The world has a population of nearly 7 billion people, most of which will never visit New York. That makes the 50 million tourists less than a percent, which is clearly too localised. ;) –  Guffa Jun 29 '11 at 22:14
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There was a question closed because Europe was too localized :) –  Imre Jun 30 '11 at 15:11

I think these questions are fine. In addition to the one on New York linked above, we've had one on Paris also shot down, and there's one on Louisville, Kentucky currently in the midst of rejection.

The designation "too localized" is tempting, because hey, these are locations, but I don't think that's right. These are, after all, major cities (even Louisville is one of the top 20 in the US). There's likely more photographers living in or potentially visiting one of these locations than there are, y'know, photographers shooting with Pentax gear in the whole world.

There's a worthwhile answer by Joel Spolsky over on meta.stackoverflow which I highly recommend. What questions should be closed with reason "too localized"?

Now, some of these questions might have issues with subjectivity, and maybe they're too open-ended to fit the site perfectly. But a lot of them, I think we really can handle.

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+1 @mattdm agreed –  rfusca Jun 30 '11 at 4:59
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And frankly, we got an answer on Louisville, KY. If we can get an answer there, many other places should be fair game. –  rfusca Jul 3 '11 at 1:35

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