Currently, our help page on What topics can I ask about here? includes these dot points:
and it is not about: - Locating identifiable living individuals - Which genealogy software or website is “the best” - Developing genealogy software - Celebrity or biblical genealogy - General history
I suggest that we should add another one, perhaps as second on the list, with:
- Asking broadly for "any information about a person/family/etc" instead of something specific.
I would include a link to such a question but they invariably are edited (often with much effort) by high rep users. Having this extra dot point would provide something to point at when closing as off topic due to being too broad.
We could link from "Asking broadly" to some relevant words on Meta G&FH SE about why such "cousin bait" questions (that are more suited to bulletin boards) are discouraged in favour of specific questions.