When reviewing 'off-topic' questions to 'close', the box at the top asks:

Should this question be closed as: off-topic (more)

Clicking on (more) causes a drawer to open, with the following message:

off-topic: This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network

However, at least two of the 'off-topic' reasons ('describe the specific problem' and 'minimum understanding') indicate the question is off-topic for a reason that would make them off-topic for all S.E. sites. I'd propose cleaning up the language here and bringing it into line with the more general stance of the 'off-topic' close reason, thus alleviating confusion - especially for new reviewers.

  • Oh, the can of worms you just (re)opened. – user102937 Jan 6 '14 at 22:57
  • I saw that, but I'll note that I am suggesting something distinct from that; specifically that the language in this place comes into line with the broader idea of off-topic, not that we change what is in off-topic's list of sub-categories. For instance, "This question does not belong on this Stack Exchange site due to form or content." – Nathaniel Ford Jan 6 '14 at 23:56
  • It's not just that. The two close reasons that you cite as making a question generally unsuitable for the entire network are actually specific to Stack Overflow. – user102937 Jan 6 '14 at 23:57
  • Ah, I hadn't realized that (I only review on SO). Are all of those first five sub-reasons specific to SO? – Nathaniel Ford Jan 7 '14 at 0:13
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    The five site-specific close reasons for Stack Overflow are listed here: stackoverflow.com/help/on-topic – user102937 Jan 7 '14 at 0:49
  • Perhaps it should suggest that the question doesn't belong on stack overflow, rather than that it does belong elsewhere. – OGHaza Jan 8 '14 at 9:34

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