What is the current litmus test and general consensus on a Q being “too story based”? I see many Q's do involve story to some extent but the close reason is “too story based”.
I'm using the “Joe” test. If the question postulates a world and does not ask for any guidance in shaping that world, but asks instead “What would Joe do?” than it’s off topic.
“What would everyone do?” is the same thing. But “What resources are available?” is akin to working out details of the world.
So today, In a doomsday scenario, what would be possible transcontinental communication options? is the latter (OK) but How much should he ask for the spellbook? is (besides being POB) the former.