I get the feeling that this is a problem in situations where people don't read or understand the question properly, but what can be done about it?
The CS:GO question was closed as duplicate while the older one wasn't even remotely helpful. OP gets pointed towards software issues and even said the hardware was fine and still it gets closed. Thanks to a mod it was reopened later after a discussion in the comments.
The racing question was closed as too broad while it is simply about a difference between two(!) terms used in racing. Sure, it wasn't game specific, but who would need that? They're widely used in racing as well as for example headshot in shooters. It would maybe fit better on another SE, but closing as too broad is clearly wrong. This can never ever be too broad. How my answer earned two downvotes probably remains a secret, but I stopped caring long ago and just deleted answers with bad feedback.
Yes, I admit this sounds like a rant, but it isn't. I'd actually like to have things like that happen less and focus more on actually answering questions more than closing them for pointless reasons. I know, some people have a high standard of questions and downvote mistakes on sight, but closing them seems very unfair.
A good step towards this goal would simply be what I already do:
- know the game, don't get what OP wants -> VTC
- don't know the game -> be careful with VLQ/unclear, close obvious dupes
- don't know the game/genre -> don't ever close as unclear (people knowing the game might still be able to help)
- Close votes are not super downvotes