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Currently, when flagging an off-topic question, the following choices are offered.

  • Questions about general computing hardware and software are off-topic for Stack Overflow.

  • Questions concerning problems with code you've written must describe the specific problem and include valid code to reproduce it.

  • Questions must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved.

  • Questions on professional server, networking, or related infrastructure administration are off-topic for Stack Overflow unless they directly involve programming or programming tools.

  • Questions asking us to recommend a tool, library or favorite off-site resource are off-topic for Stack Overflow as they tend to attract
    opinionated answers and spam.

  • This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network

However, there are some questions that fit in none of these categories. For example, career advice questions are off-topic here (and on programmers.SE), questions like this one about an iPhone not connecting to WiFi are off-topic on pretty much any SE site.

Some questions might also be relevant on another SE site not listed when the "belongs on another site" option is selected.

How should those questions be flagged? Why isn't there a "it's off-topic because it is" option?

EDIT: just to be clear, I don't have the "Other" option under Off-Topic.

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There is an "Other" option. What's wrong with that? – Roger Rowland Jun 28 '13 at 14:44
I'm genuinely wondering. Is it better to flag as "Need moderator attention - Other" than specify it's off-topic even though the particular reason isn't an option? I'm new to this flagging thing :) – pwny Jun 28 '13 at 14:46
Do you have "Other" on the first screen of the flag dialog? – Bill the Lizard Jun 28 '13 at 14:52
Only under "Needs moderator attention", so I guess the correct way to flag it is "Needs moderator attention - Other", then in the reason box specify it's off-topic? – pwny Jun 28 '13 at 14:54
@pwny I'm not sure flagging for diamond moderators is the correct solution here. I do see the problem here though, since they are not actual close votes (but flags). I think a custom reason being added is very reasonable to those – Benjamin Gruenbaum Jun 28 '13 at 14:58
Here is a similar question with an answer that I got from a mod just the other day:… – Matthew Green Jun 28 '13 at 15:06
Same here. Unprivileged members (under 3k) like us don't get an "Other" option under Flagging > Closing > Topic shown in Benjamin's screenshot. Mayhap this should be made as feature request? – Old Checkmark Jun 28 '13 at 15:14
Related: – user213634 Oct 25 '13 at 10:12

Once you gain enough reputation, you will be able to add a custom close reason:

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The process is

  • flag
  • It doesn't belong here, or it is a duplicate
  • It is Off Topic because
  • Other (add a comment explaining what is wrong)
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+1 for pasting the picture faster than me ;-) – Roger Rowland Jun 28 '13 at 14:49
I don't have that option in the flagging dialog though. – pwny Jun 28 '13 at 14:50
@pwny aahhhh, so you're talking about the flagging for moderator option rather than the vote to close option - I see, I didn't realise there was a difference. I see the "Other" option from both routes. Bug? – Roger Rowland Jun 28 '13 at 14:51
Exactly, I don't think I have the Vote to Close privileges yet! – pwny Jun 28 '13 at 14:52
@RogerRowland This screenshot is from the flag dialog. I guess lower reputation users don't have that option, however I can't find it any mention of it. – Benjamin Gruenbaum Jun 28 '13 at 14:52

Possibly the best option here would be to leave the Other option visible to all, (and the close button), but greyed out with "You need a minimum reputation of to use these options - if this issue does not fit any of the above then select flag for moderator attention on the first page".

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