It appears that it's possible to select the "Other" off-topic close reason, and vote to close without actually providing a close reason. This results in a custom close reason and comment which read:

This question appears to be off-topic because it is about

This question appears to be off-topic because it is about

It should be required that someone actually alter the comment text before being able to submit the "Other" close reason.

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    But what about questions that are actually about – Michael Petrotta Jun 26 '13 at 6:46
  • @MichaelPetrotta Your question would be off-topic if it was actually about – Michael Hampton Jun 26 '13 at 6:54
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    <sigh> Some people pointed out that the initial requirement was a little too long, and forced unneeded verbosity (which is usually my specialty). We adjusted to accommodate that point, but it sounds like now it's a little too short. We're looking into it. – Jaydles Jun 26 '13 at 14:03
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    @Jaydles Perhaps just remove the default text, or require that it be changed to something other than what's there, even if the minimum is still just 30, that way someone intentionally giving a bad reason can do so easily, but you won't just forget. – Servy Jun 26 '13 at 15:49

Validation for this case added in build 2013.7.19.1249 (meta), 2013.7.19.874 (sites)

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  • I'm not convinced that this is really fixed, surely it should check that the comment isn't a subset of the boilerplate text too (punctuation ignored) ? – user147520 Jul 22 '13 at 16:58
  • It just checks against the boiler plate text, ignoring trailing whitespace – m0sa Jul 22 '13 at 17:09
  • Yes I know but like my link shows it doesn't really help to get people to leave reasonable comments. – user147520 Jul 22 '13 at 17:13
  • The check you're suggesting wouldn't enforce it either. You have to at least press some keys on the keyboard now before you can submit. – m0sa Jul 22 '13 at 17:25

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