Two years ago, we rolled out some significant changes to closing, along with a massive number of changes behind the scenes to clean up the supporting logic that had grown crufty over the years. As with many ambitious projects, this one quickly pushed the limits of its 6–8 week implementation schedule and we didn’t get around to doing everything we’d hoped to do.
Most critically, we never exposed any data on how the new close reasons were being used. Since every site can create and use a limited number of customized off-topic reasons whenever they wish, this was an unfortunate omission: without knowing how (or IF) close reasons are being used, it becomes very difficult to tell if they’re even useful, or to observe when they’ve outlived their usefulness...
Comprehensive close reason usage statistics
This page contains four categories:
- Current and past off topic close reasons A detailed history of all off-topic reasons used on the site.
- Closed and Asked questions Raw numbers on how many questions are being asked and how many are being closed.
- Closure statistics A detailed breakdown of the reasons for which questions are being closed, along with what happens to them afterwards.
- Custom closed as off-topic questions The most common voter-entered reasons for closing questions as off-topic (these correspond to the comments left under questions when the voter chooses Close → Off Topic → Other).
This page is visible to anyone with the moderator tools privilege, with the goal of allowing these most experienced users to identify potential problems and make informed decisions regarding closing and available close reasons. The nature of the data included in this report is based on ad-hoc queries I’ve been using for some time now to help guide these discussions on meta – I hope it proves as useful to you as it has to me.
Big thanks to Oded for implementing this! Please post feedback (in the form of answers) below.