On per-site metas we sometimes need to close the following two types of questions:

  • The question was related to a project or contest with a particular duration, and that time has passed.

  • The question was about something that the community needed to decide, and a decision was made and implemented.

In both cases we want to close these questions to fend off new answers. In the latter case, if a decision needs to be revisited we want a new question that takes the history into account, not new answers to a two-year-old question.

We used to use "too localized" for this (at least on the sites I frequent). Now that "too localized" isn't available as a reason, what close reason should we use for such questions? None of the default options seem appropriate -- it's not off-topic, not unclear, not too broad. (I'm discounting "primarily opinion-based" as that's a lot of what's valid on metas, so it would be ironic to use it here.)

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    on meta.SO there is the offtopic -> cannot be reproduced. Is that available on all metas? If so, use that.
    – Servy
    Nov 4, 2013 at 18:05
  • @Servy apparently not (just checked a couple different sites). Nov 4, 2013 at 18:12
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    Couldn't mods set up custom close messages on their own metas?
    – user213963
    Nov 4, 2013 at 18:24
  • In most cases I wouldn't worry about trying to keep up with relevance. For things like contests, it's usually pretty obvious that it's over from the posts themselves.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 4, 2013 at 18:25
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    @MonicaCellio IMHO it's better to handle that via accepted answers and possibly status-completed tags. Especially when it's not immediately clear from the existing posts what the conclusion was. And once in a while it's beneficial to resurrect an old discussion in the same thread, though that's really rather situational.
    – Adam Lear StaffMod
    Nov 4, 2013 at 19:15
  • It's a huge problem not having 'too localized'. On SO I just had to use a custom flag, and put some 'Too Localized' text in. Nov 4, 2013 at 19:26

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In both cases, I would think that encouraging a mod to add the tag and possibly lock the post, would serve the purpose.

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