This is a little extension of the question here Are code questions without an attempt now on topic.

I've only just noticed the new close reasons and the removal of the

describe the specific problem and include valid code to reproduce it reason.....yada yada

Close reason.

I do understand that this close reason was being abused and I actually agree that that abuse needed to be stopped. But given that: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/125997/something-in-my-web-site-or-project-doesnt-work-can-i-just-paste-a-link-to-it is still off topic according to the FAQ. What should be the close reason now for these questions?

Nothing, to my mind, seems to fit.

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For those questions that don't include valid code to reproduce the problem, "unclear what you're asking" is a good close reason.

As always, it's often beneficial to also leave a comment describing what the OP can specifically do to improve the question.

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    This does feel like a clear message with specific advice has been replaced by a vague one however Jan 10, 2014 at 10:25
  • Does the FAQ need updating then?
    – user217110
    Jan 10, 2014 at 10:26
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    I've very nervously updated the answer in the FAQ question.
    – user217110
    Jan 10, 2014 at 10:31
  • We shouldn't have to leave a comment in addition to the close reason. We'd be better off using the freeform close option than to use "unclear what you're asking".
    – cimmanon
    Jan 10, 2014 at 15:45

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