Recently, a question was closed. While I am uncertain of each person's motivation for closing the question, it seems that there were a combination of factors. The question is at a very low level. Looking at either the wikipedia page on pi or the wikipedia page on irrational numbers contains the answer (and both were referenced in the answers to the question before it was closed).
This lead to the following exchange of comments:
mixedmath: Is the idea here that a question that is already answered should be closed? This has not been the case so far. Is the idea that people are supposed to look everywhere else before asking a question? Accepting that it's not about the question being too simple, does this mean that we are implicitly imposing the condition that people check wikipedia before posting here? To be honest, this doesn't seem unreasonable. But at the same time, I have given and read answers whose entire purpose is to direct the OP to wikipedia. At the same time, I have given comments to the effect of "Have you checked wikipedia yet?" So I'm trying to find my line, too. Perhaps even a little consistency. Ultimately, I feel that the OP didn't have a concept of irrational numbers before he posted here, so it wouldn't surprise me if he had never thought it possible for a number to not end or repeat. But the Greeks were stunned by this too. While we find them easy now, these are non-trivial concepts, don't you think?
Theo: I don't think I have a consistent line either. The up- and downvote arrows indicate "This question doesn't show research any research effort". While I don't think it should be mandatory that one check all possible sources--and it can be difficult if you don't know what you're looking for--I expect a quick google search at least. Googling "Pi" one gets to Wikipedia and if one gets to the second sentence in the second paragraph there one sees "Consequently, its decimal representation never ends or repeats."
So what I'm trying to get at is that I am uncertain of what reasons we close questions. The content of this question seems nontrivial to me (as it would appear to a layman). I am not defending the question in the sense that I want to know the answer - but instead in the sense that it is not easy to acquire mathematical experience, and approaching mathematicians or any other scholar can be scary and intimidating. I wand this to be an open environment. But I also expect people to put effort into asking their questions - I still don't plan on answering homework questions where the OP doesn't show any effort towards solving the problem himself.
Now I've begun to ramble. To cut this short: should questions such as the linked one be closed, and why should they be closed?