My question is not the same as Priority of Close Votes. I'm not asking about automated system behavior.

Consider the following hypothetical questions being posted on, e.g., Stack Overflow:

  1. Which car over there best matches my eyes? (broad, local, nonconstructive, off topic)
  2. Help my facebook is broken it wast yesterday? (broad, off topic, local)
  3. How can I make my programmers stop putting gum in my hair? (local, nonconstructive)

When I inevitably go to close such questions, I'm not sure what reason to select: is it more off topic than overly broad? Is it more localized than not constructive?

Perhaps off topic gets priority because the OP could fix localized and broad issues, but not the topic? On the other hand, we don't want to migrate bad questions.

When a question qualifies for multiple reasons to close, which reasons should get priority? In what order should priority be distributed?

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    But, but, which car over there best matches my eyes as a programmer?
    – Pekka
    Jan 30, 2012 at 18:06
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    @Pekka - pretty sure that one belongs on Programmers :-D Jan 30, 2012 at 18:19
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    You don't have have to choose a migration destination when selecting "off topic". Moderators close as "off topic" all the time without migrating because we don't want to migrate crap.
    – casperOne
    Jan 30, 2012 at 18:20
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    Where can I ask the gum-in-hair question then? Because these programmers are really starting to piss me off! Jan 30, 2012 at 18:27

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For incredibly useless questions like your hypotheticals, I would say it doesn't matter. Just pick one, and get it out—GET IT OUT.

I think the only time it might matter is if the question is in that narrow range whereby it's too non-constructive for Stack Overflow, but it would fit in Programmers.StackExchange without the people there throwing a fit. If that's the case, I would say choose Off Topic, and vote to migrate accordingly.

  • I would say OP's question #3 would have been a perfect fit for P.SE.. given all the subjective crap they entertain :) [ducks and takes cover] Jan 30, 2012 at 20:54
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    @Marvin - I'm glad I'm not going crazy (yet). Every time I browse to PSE to kill 5 minutes, I see subjective crap littering the front page (all of which upvoted). And then they throw tantrums when we migrate our subjective crap over there. </rant> Jan 30, 2012 at 20:56
  • Like this gem Jan 30, 2012 at 20:57
  • Yep, and the fact that stuff like this is still entertained doesn't help. Anyway, I'm glad it's not our problem. Jan 30, 2012 at 21:07

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