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?