We recently received a question about a haiku-like poem written by the OP. Formally, the question seemed to ask for interpretations of the poem, but it also asked what the effect would be of replacing one word with a specific other word. It looked very much like a critique request disguised as an interpretation question.
Five non-mod users cast close votes:
- two votes used a custom close reason;
- two claimed the question was opinion-based;
- a fifth said the question needed "more focus".
We don't normally close interpretation questions as opinion-based. We have an interpretation tag and since it is absolutely normal for non-trivial works of literature to allow multiple interpretations, both "needs more focus" (assuming it stands in for "allowing multiple interpretations") and "opinion-based" look inappropriate as close reasons for a haiku-length poem. One close vote said the question "is about a self-written poem, not Literature", which does not sound logical. (Why would a poem written by someone without a Stack Exchange count as literature and a poem by someone with a Stack Exchange as ... not literature?)
Closing the question would have made sense if we had a policy that said that we don't accept requests to critique works written by the OP. Currently, on What topics can I ask about here?, one of the off-topic types of questions is "Questions about creating literature yourself—you may want to try the Writing Stack Exchange.". If we want a policy to ban this type of critique requests, we may tweak this as follows:
Questions about creating literature yourself—you may want to try the Writing Stack Exchange—or literature that you have written?
(Not every bit of scoping policy needs to go into that Help Centre page, but since this is about tweaking an existing sentence, I might just as well try.)