SE recently changed its policy regarding closures to "On Hold" and then "Closed." I would like to propose another option: Redirection. Take the following question: Why are so many African countries poor?[closed]
Let me show how the question is misguided and could be redirected:
African countries are poor because they live in a fatalistic and corrupt culture where people cannot get ahead in life due to the viscious cycles of poverty directly connected to their culture, and religion, which for some is Islam, some Christianity, and some Voodoo/Spiritism. The cycle of poverty is itself a huge topic involving countless factors.
It would be nice if I could post an explanation telling the guy that he would be better off studying poverty cycles in general than history. He needs to be redirected to poverty cycles. However, I cannot tell him that because the question is "closed." Even though I have 2k rep I can't communicate to him how to approach his problem.
Either instead of or in addition to closing questions we should explain how to approach the question and "redirect" them towards the proper topic.
This is a helpful alternative to stonewalling inquisitive minds. I'm not saying closing is bad, I'm saying that closing should at least leave the door open to suggestions on how to approach the problem effectively.
Basically: our "closed" questions should be comparable to where encyclopedias don't have an entry but refer the reader to another word where the desired information is found.
Some questions are irredeemable and re-direction is unfeasible such as trivia questions about hallmark cards. For those we could merely say something like, "Historians on Stack Exchange are unfamiliar with Hallmark cards due to their trivial nature and lack of historical relevance, please search elsewhere on the internet."