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The "This question appears to be off topic because it's about" text that used to show up in the "other" off-topic close reason now just shows up in the background and disappears when you start typing.

Why was this changed?

I would like it changed back, but I supposed there was a reason behind the change, so I'd just ask why.

But rather than just changing it back, I think it should be changed to something like:

This question doesn't appear to conform to Stack Overflow guidelines as it's about

Because many new users don't know what "off topic" means.

It used to look like this:

But now it looks like this: (the text disappears when you start typing)

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I agree, having it there saved me a lot of typing, and standardised beginning for such messages made them look more uniform and neater. And if someone didn't like them, h could write from scratch none the less. – Mołot Oct 9 '13 at 9:37
I assume this is a bug... – Jan Dvorak Oct 9 '13 at 9:42
@JanDvorak Seems like strange behaviour for a bug. – Dukeling Oct 9 '13 at 10:07
up vote 4 down vote accepted

This change was rolled back with the latest build (which is rolling out as I write this).

We may still make some changes around there to make it clearer that a comment is being created (or tweak the text like you suggested), but this "new" version was a regression in terms of usability.

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As I suggested in the removed answer, it might also be nice to somehow highlight such a comment differently to understand its implications compared to a usual vote – Tobias Kienzler Oct 10 '13 at 9:01
@tobias maybe the close vote comment should always start with an (unremovable) "voting to close;" – Jan Dvorak Oct 10 '13 at 11:29
@jan basically something like that, but ideally it would be unfakeable – Tobias Kienzler Oct 10 '13 at 11:30

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