On meta.stackexchange about an hour or so ago, this happened. Normaly encountering an off-topic post I would flag as "Should be closed" which directs me to a number of options: Blatantly off topic, should be on another site on the network etc.. but this appeared as the flagging options:

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Of course when I flagged for mod attention stating "off-topic" as the reason, my flag was declined with this:

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Has one of the "standard flags" - the "Should be closed" option been removed, or is this a quirk of some days in early april?

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    It's now hidden under Needs Improvement->A community specific reason.
    – Kulfy
    Apr 13, 2020 at 17:05
  • Ahh, fair enough, thought I'd missed a memo or something.
    – W.O.
    Apr 13, 2020 at 17:16
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    I was expecting some announcement here on MSE regarding the change.
    – Kulfy
    Apr 13, 2020 at 17:18
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    You weren't the only one to miss the memo ;) I was the one to decline your flag, I had no idea there had been a change that confused users and led to that flag. Or that the help center wouldn't clarify things. My apologies!
    – Tinkeringbell Mod
    Apr 13, 2020 at 17:24
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    A UI change no one asked for which was not announced has already led to confusion and rejected flags. Who could have predicted...
    – TylerH
    Apr 13, 2020 at 17:53
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    Ahhh, ...
    – Rob
    Apr 13, 2020 at 19:21
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    Please move or copy this to meta.stackexchange.com/q/346638/256282 Apr 18, 2020 at 4:32

2 Answers 2


It's right there:

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'needs improvement' is the new 'should be closed'; the options are still listed in the same order. Choose 'A community-specific reason', which is the new 'off-topic':

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The 'blatantly off-topic' option will be displayed, though I usually choose the first option:

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    Now that's a freehand circle. Take notes, people.
    – Spevacus
    Apr 13, 2020 at 17:09
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    Needs improvement implies improvement would be possible, which just isn't true for a lot of off-topic questions. Apr 13, 2020 at 23:27
  • @curiousdannii yeah, I just realised this. The wording is weird - for example, if a question is posted here instead of on another stack (happens A LOT), then there is no real improvement you can do to make it appropriate for Meta SE.
    – VLAZ
    Apr 14, 2020 at 9:55

You need to select Needs Improvement. This will bring up a new set of options (most of which should be familiar):

Needs improvement

Selecting A community-specific reason then gives the options you were looking for:

Community specific reasons


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