I flagged this question as off-topic. But since I didn't - and still don't - think it falls within the possibilities given as default off-topic reasons, I flagged it for moderator attention.
If we go through the OT-reasons:
- It's not about general hardware and software.
- It's not about code he's written.
- He doesn't have minimal understanding of what SO is about, but that doesn't really apply here.
- It's not about professional server stuff.
- He doesn't solicit for tools or libraries.
That the last one doesn't apply is in my opinion, because that was later the
close on-hold reason. As I read the question, the OP comes to SE and asks whether there are anybody on this site willing to help him.
We tell him "No, you can't come here fishing for off-site resources." That doesn't add up to me, I simply don't see how the OP get any wiser from that.
In my opinion, this question doesn't belong anywhere on the SE-sites, so it is off-topic.
I flagged it for moderator attention and wrote "off-topic". I'll refer to Shog9's (downvoted) answer to a question here on Meta regarding what to do when the provided off-topic reasons are not sufficient. I have a feature request to the same effect (that has not received any replies).
If you see a post that should be closed for an unusual reason, you have the option of flagging for moderator attention, selecting "other" and describing that reason in detail.
After Shog9 wrote the above, he marked the question
While I agree that I didn't add much detail in the flag, I think I wrote enough as this is a slam-dunk as an off-topic question.
As mentioned above the question was subsequently put on hold, but my flag was declined with the reason:
flags should only be used to make moderators aware of content that requires their intervention
I'm guessing that a mod got annoyed by being bothered by a trivial flag, and I fully understand that. But how should I have flagged this? Is the question really fishing for off-site resources? "Too broad" and "Unclear what you're asking" are just as accurate and no more helpful.
I think this part of the system is broken, because I really don't believe that mods should be bothered with trivial off-topic stuff, but I have dutifully followed Shog9s decree above. And just off-topic is - apparently - an unusual reason, since it's not common enough to be in the dialog.
Could you please reconsider your
status-by-design and update the dialog so that it includes a sensible It's just off-topic and doesn't belong here at all option that doesn't bother the mods?