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We already know that there is a problem with closure. Whilst many closed questions are potentially good, only a few get reopened.

When I review low quality posts, I can "leave a comment for the author" to explain why we don't like link-only answers or why we don't want new questions as answers.

I think it might be a good idea to add such a "leave a comment for the author" dialog after the close vote dialog. Options could include:

  • No comment needed (for site trolls, posts that can hardly be improved or when someone else left a comment already)
  • We're missing sufficient information here, like code, .... Please add it to your question.
  • This question is overly broad, please ask a sufficient question instead.
  • ...

This way, you can specify why exactly a question was closed, because the closure reasons are only collections of specific reasons.

Every comment could go with a link to the FAQ as well, if you ask me.

Also, these comments could be different for the various closure reasons. For example, a not-constructive post should get other comments than a NARQ. For some closure reasons we don't need such a box: the duplicate system already has an auto-comment, the off-topic is very clear already and also the too-localized seems clear to me. It's most important for not-constructive and NARQ, I think.

Yes, we close way more often than we review low quality posts. Wouldn't the comments dialog get annoying? Perhaps, yes. If so, you could also display the comments dialog for the 5th closer only.

What would you think of this?
Any ideas for other comment options?

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Technically the close banner is this comment. I agree that the current banner could be improved or branched out to be more specific.

The current close system is being improved, I think that these improvements cover this feature request adequately (specifically the branching out of NARQ and NC).

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I think the close banner isn't specific enough: "This way, you can specify why exactly a question was closed, because the closure reasons are only collections of specific reasons." But yes, the system is being improved and that's a good thing. – Camil Staps May 18 '13 at 9:20
@CamilStaps: Well, I was talking in the context of the upcoming improvements. – Manishearth May 18 '13 at 9:20
Clarified...... – Manishearth May 18 '13 at 9:21
You mean a) letting the closers choose the close banner or b) just improving the banner or c) adding closure reasons with other banners or d) something else? :) – Camil Staps May 18 '13 at 9:25
@CamilStaps: The close reasons are being branched out: so there will be "vague", "incomplete", "not a question", etc under NARQ with specific details. So the CVer gets to choose from these. – Manishearth May 18 '13 at 9:29
Ah, I see. Yes that's a solution to the same problem :) – Camil Staps May 18 '13 at 9:30

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