I stumbled over this in the reopen queue on https://stackoverflow.com/review/reopen/33390644.

My intent was to choose "Leave Closed", but IMO, the close reason should be "Not a question on programming" (because the question is about using the shell history interactively).

I therefore clicked on "Leave Closed", and on "Submit". In the opening dialogue I clicked on the circle in front of "This question doesn't meet the ... guidelines". A new dialogue window opened, from which I clicked on the topmost circle, i.e. in front of "Not about programming". The circle got selected, but when I now click on the "Keep Closed" button on bottom, I get the error message "You must select a reason...", although the reason is clearly shown as selected.

I'm using Firefox 107.0.1 on Windows 10.

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  • I can confirm (Firefox on macOS) - seems to be a buggy client side check, as there is no network traffic when you click 'Keep closed'.
    – Glorfindel Mod
    Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 12:04
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    Received "Uncaught InternalError: too much recursion" console error, when clicking on the option "This question doesn't meet a Stack Overflow guideline >"
    – Arulkumar
    Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 12:05
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    Already reported on Stack Overflow's Meta and again here Commented Dec 12, 2022 at 12:08
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    Potentially also related (here on MSE): On some sites the "Leave Closed Reasons" dialog is missing the second page, for reasons
    – V2Blast
    Commented Dec 14, 2022 at 22:19
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    Still an issue. @V2Blast any chance of a fix for this? It seems pretty serious that we can't vote to close questions for the appropriate reason. Commented Jan 14, 2023 at 20:10
  • @Randal'Thor: The MSO post was already escalated to staff and sent to the dev team; I'll follow up with them to see if there's been any progress on this issue.
    – V2Blast
    Commented Jan 23, 2023 at 16:20
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    Fixed, with more details here.
    – JNat StaffMod
    Commented Jan 30, 2023 at 18:02

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This appears to still be an issue. I do get the more detailed reasons when I choose "This question doesn't meet a (site name) guideline", but selecting one of those reasons does not allow me to submit it as a reason to keep the question closed. I'm on MacOS in a chromium based browser with privacy protections turned off.

As an aside, it's annoying that this dialog is different from the Close dialog. An edit can obviously change a question so that it is off-topic for any of the valid reasons a question could be closed in the first place. Why do we have a different set of reasons?

There is a "You must select a reason before submitting." error even though the dialog clearly shows a reason has been selected.

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