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Per-site meta's get their own separate batch of custom close reasons from their respective main sites. This is awesome. Unfortunately, the default text is a little bit nonsensical.

This question does not appear to be about on-topic, within the scope defined in the help center.

I too would like to see more questions about on-topic.

The default should probably read something like

This question does not appear to be about $SiteName, within the scope defined in the help center.

(If, for some reason, the default cannot be changed, consider this a gentle nudge to all of you site-moderators!)

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    The help center link also gives the main sites scope as that's where the help center is hosted - perhaps the link should be to help/whats-meta instead?
    – Rory
    Jun 26, 2013 at 23:23
  • I don't think this issue still occurs, as far as I can tell. Can anyone still reproduce this issue, or should it be marked as [status-completed] (or closed as no longer reproducible)?
    – V2Blast
    Nov 19, 2022 at 22:38
  • I'm voting to close this question because it is not about on-topic, within the scope defined in the help center. Nov 20, 2022 at 1:20

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Site moderators can fix this for their own sites by going to the /admin/flags/close-as-off-topic page of their meta site (any question → close → off-topic → edit these reasons) and changing the Default Off-Topic Close Reason to something like:

This question does not appear to be about [Arqade](http://gaming.stackexchange.com),
within the scope defined in the
[help center](http://gaming.stackexchange.com/help/whats-meta).

(I preferred to link straight to the relevant page of the help center, rather than just the front hub.)

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  • You can use [main] in there, but on sites that don't have a special name that is confusing. ("This question does not appear to be about [Physics] ...") Jun 26, 2013 at 13:39
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Looks like the $Topic variable for metas is set to "on topic":

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Fun fact: I tried switching it to $SiteName, and I got this:

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This is wrong too, it's the exact opposite of the first rule of Meta Club.

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  • What about the main site name? This should work Jun 26, 2013 at 13:40
  • @JanDvorak Of course that works. I was just amused by the result of the OPs suggestion. $Topic and $SiteName, when used in a close reason, get substituted accordingly Jun 26, 2013 at 13:42

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