I try to do my part getting the close-votes queue down. Recently I've noticed the close reasons changing a lot. This is probably for the better, but it's confusing me. For someone not too active on Meta, I have no real clue what the new consensus is.

Note that I'm not asking about an explanation of the changes. Instead, I'd like to see some direct link(s) or an inline explanation in the close-vote dialog that helps me answer these (kind of) questions:

  1. I "know/feel" this question should be closed, but what reason should I pick?
  2. What is the more verbose explanation of a certain close-reason? When should it be chosen?

I know the close reasons themselves should be fairly explanatory, and they are, but nonetheless I sometimes get confused and would like to know more to make sure I choose the correct reasons (or even close more/less, if that consensus changed).

PS. All this is assuming there is a more detailed explanation (FAQ) of the most current close-reasons. If there isn't (I couldn't find it) that may be a problem in itself. What probably comes close to (or even is) the thing I'm looking for was mentioned in the comments: the "close reasons cheat sheet".

  • 2
    – jmac
    Jan 20 '14 at 8:57
  • There is a small group of people that are having a weekly event in this chatroom to learn and exchange ideas when handling the close voting queue. It might help to have a second reviewer at hand to discuss the corner cases.
    – rene
    Jan 20 '14 at 10:05

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