So we have closed this question for being to localized. I went in and edited question because it felt like the OP was being ignored due the broken english of his question. I don't really understand how we can accept questions that can deal with regional cuisines and not a question that could apply to a lot of the world, as I am sure that more than just the country of Malaysia has people that don't have access to an international market.

I do agree that the question is a little simplistic but we have other questions that are the same level IMO. I could see closing the question as off topic as hunting down ingredients isn't really what this site is about. I personally would have preferred a "what kind of rice can I use as sushi rice" question, but I feel as the too localized is a terrible precedent here.

If we are going to write off 27 million people as too localized, at what point is our cut-off? Is it 50 million? 100 million?

  • The regional pizza variations thing is a completely different type of question, and not really a fair comparison.
    – hobodave
    Oct 2, 2010 at 20:29
  • i was just trying to make the point that we will address questions that affect much smaller numbers of people than this question could. Oct 2, 2010 at 20:57
  • Right. I don't think it's a relevant point. We've already decided that regional dishes are on topic. (e.g. How can I make X as found in Y?) However, this specific question is an entirely different format and should not be grouped into some vague "international" category that is poorly defined. It fits a specific format of "Where can I find X in Region Y?".
    – hobodave
    Oct 2, 2010 at 21:07
  • @hobo true that, consider it corrected Oct 3, 2010 at 5:44

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I intentionally didn't close that one because I was actually confused. Until you edited the question, the author hadn't even specified what location he was referring to. Now it makes a little more sense - although I actually did not interpret it the same way you did originally.

I think asking for online retailers is fine. And asking about supermarket or store chains (i.e. across an entire country or region) is fine. Searching for little Mom & Pop stores in a specific city is probably not.

I'm leaning toward reopening, but I want to hear from other community members/moderators first, because there might be something I'm missing.

  • The original question was "Where do I find sushi rice in Malaysia?".
    – hobodave
    Oct 2, 2010 at 20:25
  • I too thought it was OK after sarge's edit. I think the pile-on effect occurred a bit and simply having 3-4 votes was enough to push it over.
    – hobodave
    Oct 2, 2010 at 20:28
  • I also am pretty sure a similar question "Where can I find X in Y?" was asked, and not closed, but I cannot find it.
    – hobodave
    Oct 2, 2010 at 20:28
  • @hobodave I was sure there was one too but i couldn't find it either... I think it was from two months ago. Oct 2, 2010 at 20:37
  • @hobodave: That would probably have been a better title; he changed it after a few hours from "Malaysia" to "Online or at a supermarket" and that was quite vague.
    – Aaronut
    Oct 2, 2010 at 20:45
  • @hobodave: We did close one about parsley substitutes in SE Asia but that's different - it's a proper subset of an ordinary substitution question. And I think it was closed as Exact Duplicate, not Too Localized.
    – Aaronut
    Oct 2, 2010 at 20:46
  • @Aaronut: Yea, there was a different one I thought.
    – hobodave
    Oct 2, 2010 at 20:51

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