What's the single word for "too specific"? For example:

If the content of the post is deemed too specific, the moderators will...

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It kind of depends on the nature of the specificity.

For "specific" to mean, "of limited interest", you might consider esoteric.

For "insufficiently broad", then you might consider narrow (sense 2)

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    Are you suggesting that esoteric or narrow can replace "too specific" or just "specific"?
    – Jim Mack
    Feb 7, 2020 at 23:58
  • I think 'esoteric' carries the implication of "too" specific... people rarely describe something as esoteric with a positive intention.
    – Dancrumb
    Feb 8, 2020 at 17:09

hyperspecific (Wiktionary)

hyper- +‎ specific
hyperspecific (comparative more hyperspecific, superlative most hyperspecific)

1. Very highly specific.

What more do we need!


I would go with either idiomatic or singular.

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    You might consider fleshing this out with citations. A good answer here will cite an authority.
    – Jim Mack
    Feb 7, 2020 at 23:59

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