I want to close a question on French Language that is absolutely not about the French language at all; it's just a random question in French. When I press "Close", the only options I have are:

  • Duplicate
  • A community-specific reason
  • Needs details or clarity
  • Needs more focus
  • Opinion-based

None of these fit. They already assume the question is on-topic. When I choose community-specific, I get:

  • <two community-specific reasons>
  • This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network (not what I want to pick, I don't think there's a site about this)
  • Other - add a comment

Do I have to pick "other" just to choose Off-Topic? It seems so weird. I see many questions (like this one) closed as off-topic with no other reason given and no comment about it. It's just out of the scope of this SE site.

How do I pick this closing reason?

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    I have filed a feature request asking that the words "off-topic" be added to the community-specific reason option so it's clearer to others that they're meant to use that option: meta.stackexchange.com/q/346436/377214 May 16 at 11:21
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    @SonictheSaveUkraine-hog Yep, definitely the problem I'm facing. I just upvoted since I don't want to add a hundredth comment, I'm not sure how I can support more than that. It's sad that this is a known issue for 2+ years... May 16 at 12:07

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Do I have to pick "other" just to choose Off-Topic?

Yes. Low-reputation users like me have the option to flag as "Blatantly off-topic":

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but since you can cast actual close votes, that option is not available to you. Some sites still have the default close reason

This question does not appear to be about [insert site topic here] within the scope defined in the help center.

but the close reasons on French.SE have been made more specific. You'll have to write a comment, and you could take advantage of this by directing them to the right Stack Exchange site and explain they'd have to ask in English. (Though in this particular case I don't know the right site.) If you're feeling lazy, you can even type "because it's off-topic" and delete the generated comment.

The question you linked to has been closed a long time ago; closing has seen a couple of evolutions since then. It's not 100% representative for the current process.

  • Ok, what I did is choose "Other", type "because it's not about french language" but I left the comment. By "the close reasons on French.SE have been made more specific", should I understand that "Off-topic" is the default community-specific reason until more are added? Shouldn't "off-topic" still be one of the reason? May 16 at 10:28
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    Shouldn't "off-topic" still be one of the reason? - well, it doesn't really help users much in making their question on-topic. Which close reasons are (to be) used is a discussion you should raise on French Meta.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    May 16 at 10:33
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    You might consider supporting my feature request: Please reinstate the words "off-topic" into the closing dialog May 16 at 11:22

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