Should we have a new reason for close votes which encompasses a case where the question is so sloppy that it obviously contradicts itself?

I don't see that any of the existing reasons to close encompasses such a case.

Or is the more appropriate thing to do just to downvote or comment?

Example of such a question -- Why do fighter jets land faster than Jumbo commercial aircraft?

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    $\begingroup$ You might want to find a better example than a 5-year-old question that was well-received. $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    Apr 22, 2020 at 2:41
  • $\begingroup$ @fooot -- Why? Is it not obvious that that question contradicts itself? If your point is essentially "No, because some questions turn out to be well received even if they contradict themselves", then I guess I chose the perfect example, because it allowed you to make your point. You could consider making that an actual answer rather just a comment. I would still say that the question contradicts itself and would vote to close were there a valid reason. $\endgroup$ Apr 22, 2020 at 11:19
  • $\begingroup$ I just think you'd want to find a question that was not well received but left open because we didn't have a good reason for closing it. $\endgroup$
    – fooot
    Apr 22, 2020 at 15:54
  • $\begingroup$ (Never mind, I fully agree that "needs details or clarity" is an adequate reason to vote to close a question that obviously contradicts itself. $\endgroup$ May 1, 2020 at 15:50

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If you think the question contradicts itself, the closest reason for closing would seem to be "needs details or clarity."


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