I recently came across this piece of spam:
Now, it's spam, and it's been deleted, but a lot of times, we get questions that are just plain off topic by legitimate users, and not suitable for any other sites in the Stack Exchange network. We wouldn't delete these, we'd just put them on hold as "Off Topic".
Given that we are rolling all of the old close reasons into "off topic", for a case like this, I generally have to do the following:
- Click "Off Topic"
- Select "Custom"
- Type at least 15 characters "This post is not suitable on any site in the Stack Exchange network".
That said, when I click the first "Off Topic" radio button, I'd like to not have to select any other reason to close the post. I should be able to click close and have the system auto-insert some standardized text (which can be standardized per-site, or for the entire network) saying "you shall not pass/do not pass go, do not collect $200".
The workflow of having to select two items and possibly type custom text is excessive for things that should be one-click operations.
Basically, there are times where obvious is obvious, and we shouldn't have to go through extreme hand holding/extra work in order to express that.
Just don't make it more painful for me to stamp it as off topic when it's so blatantly obvious.
s/moderators/trusted users/maybe ;)