From our help section we say that a question is off topic if (amongst others):
If your question could be answered by a dictionary, a grammar book, or another general reference, consult these. Explain why this did not help you when asking your question.
This is good to keep the site clean of very basic question where any answer would not provide more than a dictionary entry. Recently many question attract close votes for various reasons, not always obvious to the user who asked, and not always accompanied by a helpful comment. This may lead to confusion especially amongst new users.
Dictionaries do not always provide clear solutions for a given context, even after we had consulted multiple dictionaries (which alone should not be a prerequsite for asking an on topic question). With words that may have very different meanings in standard vs. colloquial or slang German a learner of the language may fail when consulting their dictionary such as it was the case in the following question:
In this case looking up a dicitonary may or may not reveal the colloquial meaning asked for. But the user posting this questions put quite some effort into the question by providing both context, and their own research effort. They made it all right, as was asked in the help secctions. Despite this the question was closed as off topic with a snappy comment saying:
It's always good to try another dictionary, or even a German one.
I believe we should stay open for these kind of questions. For a non-native speaker topics like these may not always be as obvious as for us, and German Language SE should stay a good place for asking this.
What problems does the community have if we allowed such questions? Do we need to further specify the range of questions by adapting our help sections? What kind of questions if not of the kind quoted above do we welcome here at all? Do we want meaning-in-context questions at all?