I've seen someone on meta saying, that we get way too much off-topic questions, compared to other sites, this could be because of:
A: Nobody reads the site's rules.
B: We're picky brats (too story-based).
C: Most people are interested in whether something did by someone or something that happened in their story is realistic, or not.
To be honest, I prefer clear-cut things, and I'm not appeased with the current definition of too story-based, so here's mine:
The question involve too many alternative possibilities, that are equivalently likely, and arose from unknown factors.
Let's try this out:
What would the world be like if I killed the baby Hitler:
- The unknown factors. Stalin's mindset, other possible persons that could assume the role of the evil dictator (STALIN)... and so on
What general techniques should I use to defeat my opponent, who has a gun, with common household items (remember: any technique, that doesn't require superhuman feats is legit):
You can try ambush, stealth, or obscuring the opponent's vision with a chair in his face.
Unknown factors? I don't see any.
Too broad? The whole point is easily adaptable, general tactics.
Is it useful for future visitors? Just as much, as a towel gun,
What should be the solution to this problem?
A: Create a new site for these.
B: Create a reference list with links to the other, more appropriate sites (Physics, Biology, etc...)
C: Admit, that this site was not, and will never be perfect and change the definition of too story-based.