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In the https://english.stackexchange.com/faq#close section in the FAQ, there is a close reason:

•general reference This question is too basic; it can be definitively and permanently answered by a single link to a standard internet reference source designed specifically to find that type of information.

I think similar wording should be added to the https://english.stackexchange.com/faq#questions -> "But please, don’t ask any questions about these topics. They are out of scope for this site." section.

This came up in the comments on a question I asked today Meaning and origin of "belt and braces"

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    This close reason is valid for all SE sites, not only for English SE – Theta30 Sep 21 '11 at 20:35
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But please, don’t ask any questions about these topics. They are out of scope for this site.

The purpose of this section is really to define on-topic questions vs. off-topic questions; you'll note that the other close reasons also aren't mentioned there. General reference questions can be on-topic, but they aren't allowed because they're far too easy to look up.

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