4

I've seen a lot of comments in which people provide their own ending to this sentence. I'm confused by this practice. It gives the comment a slightly more official appearance, as it appears to be similar to the pre-written comments that I see when I flag a question.

Is it considered good practice to write your own "custom" off-topic messages? When other people write them, does it mean that the question has been flagged, or is it just a normal comment?

edit: I think that this related question clarifies that this is an option available to users with sufficient reputation to cast close votes.

  • related: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/186026/… – rene Mar 28 '14 at 15:27
  • 2
    The option automatically pops up when you choose "other" when closing as Off-Topic, so it is something encouraged by the system. (The point is that what you enter as the custom close reason can be selected by later voters) – Pëkka Mar 28 '14 at 15:27
  • I usually use this option in the Close Vote menu when a question is off-topic, but might be on-topic on another SE site that is not in the standard list of migration targets. – S.L. Barth Mar 28 '14 at 15:32
  • In a word: yes. More in depth, it's a way to give a more specific wording to a generic title. – Fantômas Mar 28 '14 at 15:48
7

There's an option when closing a question to close a question with a custom reason. When doing so, the given text is populated by default (although it can be overwritten).

enter image description here

  • I don't have this option on Stack Overflow. Is this something that becomes available with a higher rep? If so, is it documented somewhere? – Tom Fenech Mar 28 '14 at 15:29
  • 3
    @TomFenech It is available to every user with the privilege to vote to close. – Servy Mar 28 '14 at 15:30
  • Ah, yes, that's the distinction; flag vs. vote. – Martijn Pieters Mar 28 '14 at 15:31
  • I think that would explain why I don't see the option then. I don't have 3K rep. Is this documented somewhere? – Tom Fenech Mar 28 '14 at 15:33
  • 1
    @Tom stackoverflow.com/help/privileges – Aaron Bertrand Mar 28 '14 at 17:33
  • @AaronBertrand That doesn't document the use of the custom close reason, just the ability to vote to close. – Servy Mar 28 '14 at 17:46
  • @Servy His question was ambiguous - I assumed he wanted to know where it was documented that 3K is required to vote to close (regardless of the reason, custom or not). – Aaron Bertrand Mar 28 '14 at 17:51
  • @Aaron thanks for the link. I was asking whether the fact that you could write your own message was documented. The reason for the entire question was that I didn't know that leaving this kind of message was an official site feature. I thought that people might have just been leaving comments written in this style. – Tom Fenech Mar 29 '14 at 10:50
  • @Tom some background and plenty of discussion here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/118444/… and here: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/184154/… – Aaron Bertrand Mar 29 '14 at 11:07
4

Is it considered good practice to write your own "custom" off-topic messages?

If none of the default messages seem to suit the reason then sure, after all, that's why it's there. They try to do a good job of getting the most relevant/common messages in there but they obviously can't cover them all.

When other people write them, does it mean that the question has been flagged, or is it just a normal comment?

It is a vote to close just as if they had voted to close as a dupe, off-topic "should be on another site", etc...

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .