I know this is something that's been implemented a few months ago, but I never had the time to seriously look at it, and actually post something on Meta.

I'm completely lost with the way the flags have been categorized.

Here are the most frustrating things I encounter :

  • The flag for "Blatantly off-topic" is located under "Need improvement > A community-specific reason"

    • Not only being blatantly off-topic isn't something frowned upon specifically on SO, it is also a question that doesn't need improvement. It's completely out of scope, it doesn't belong on SO. One can improve a thousand times a question about the way they should bake their cake, it won't make it.
  • The flag "This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network" is also located under "Need improvement > A community-specific reason"

    • Once again, the question doesn't need improvement, it just needs to be moved elsewhere. It might even be very well formatted, respecting every single guideline for SuperUser, with a MCVE, that deserves to end up in the Hot tab. But it's not supposed to be here.
  • The flag "Needs more focus" is at the top-level

    • The guidelines as to know why a question is out of scope is a community-specific matter. Why isn't that flag located under "A community-specific reason" ?
  • The flag "Duplicate" exists twice. At the top-level and under "Needs improvement".

As of now, when looking for a specific flag, I'm basically bruteforcing every entry to finally find the one that reflects the reason I'm looking for.

I don't know if I got obscenely used to the old way of categorizing the flags, but the new one has been confusing me more than it should. I just cannot get used to it.

Am I the only one being confused by this ?

  • See here meta.stackexchange.com/q/346439/282094 and it's duplicate, also: meta.stackexchange.com/q/346429/282094 asked for an update to the Flag Help.
    – Rob
    Commented Sep 10, 2020 at 16:44
  • If the question belongs on a different site, there's a significant improvement needed - putting it on the correct site and not the wrong ones.
    – Nij
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 7:33
  • Questions being insufficiently specific is not a community-specific reason, it's universal on the network because that's the entire intent of the network: specific questions get specific answers so others can use them in the future.
    – Nij
    Commented Sep 11, 2020 at 7:35


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