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Questions tagged [off-topic]

This tag is for questions regarding off topic questions, including whether a question is on topic and what to do with off topic questions. DO NOT use this tag to post questions you know to be off-topic for the site.

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MSE should handle questions about a single SE site when they're asking for external input

A fairly old question about how we do things on Ask Ubuntu just got closed with the site-specific off-topic close reason that you have on MSE: This question's topic is only applicable to one ...
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How were the off-topic close reasons previously displayed? [duplicate]

I just came across this question on English.SE. The banner says it was closed by a moderator as "general reference", which is not one of the 5 standard close reasons (duplicate, off-topic, too broad, ...
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My questions keep getting closed; how do I improve? [duplicate]

Often when I ask a question it gets closed, but I don't understand what makes it too broad or off-topic and people aren't explaining it in comments. I'm getting frustrated; I want to contribute ...
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What's with the uptick in blatantly off-topic posts lately?

Generally, we tend to get around a few blatantly off-topic questions here on this site because...reasons. However, yesterday and today (UTC), I noticed that the number of off-topic questions had ...
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Are “unofficial” fun or swag questions allowed?

A recent question about possibly applying a historical lock to old swag/fun posts led me to think about how on-topicness is defined for swag/fun questions. Right now, all or virtually all of our fun ...
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Migrating Comments to Chat Off Topic (preserve on-topic comments? / what is off-topic?)

I'm writing here in Meta because I had the entirety of comments under a question I wrote moved to a chat, and the original comments deleted. Also here is a link to my post on medicalsciences.meta. ...
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Where to ask about Stack Overflow for teams

When should questions about Stack Overflow for teams be asked here on Meta Stack Exchange and when on Meta Stack Overflow? The tag wiki excerpt is not really useful, as it doesn't specify when a ...
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When should I vote to close as “off-topic -> does not appear to seek input and discussion from the community” vs “unclear what you're asking”?

Two of the close reasons here on meta, "Off-topic -> This questions does not appear to seek input and discussion from the community" and "Unclear what you're asking", seem to mean essentially the same ...
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Is sharing ideas fine on meta sites? [duplicate]

In my experience, sharing ideas (which are opinion-based and not really questions by nature) is fine in meta sites. The posts can be: Announcement posts. For example, in Net Neutrality and Stack ...
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Move the question/answer ban meta to per-site help

This relates to People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety and the issue it's dealing with: people ask off-topic questions on here all the time. I think it's ...
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Which flag to use for questions that are not minimal? [closed]

It is quite common to enconter a question such as this, which is not a bad question; it has a description of the problem, some code, and the desired outcome, but is simply not minimal. My question is,...
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How should I flag blatantly off-topic questions on Meta.SE: Close or VLQ?

Historically, when encountering blatantly off-topic questions (usually programming questions) here on Meta.SE, I would raise a Close flag (usually off-topic: This question does not appear to be about ...
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Wait, so what kind of discussion of hats is and isn't on topic here?

This question of mine: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/319993/i-especially-like-the-hats-this-year?noredirect=1#comment1048036_319993 Received -11 votes and was deleted as 'this kind of ...
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Remove one of the off-topic close reasons [duplicate]

Here on MSE, there are two close reasons within "off-topic" that mean exactly the same thing. This: This question does not appear to be about the software that powers the Stack Exchange network, ...
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Where should I ask a question about a programming interface for a game? [duplicate]

I wanted to ask about the documentation for the programming interface of the game Vavio since I can't find it anywhere. I first was about to ask on Gaming.SE, where I found similar questions that were ...
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What is the cause of the recent increase in blatantly off-topic posts on Meta?

Since a few days, I have the feeling that there are a lot more blatantly off-topic questions ('lost souls') on Meta Stack Exchange. OK, that could be just a feeling, so I've created a short script (...
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What should I do if I cannot find the right community for my question?

I asked my question here: 1st post Then I got feedback that my question was off-topic (unrelated to the community), with 2-closing votes, without any suggestion about which is the right community for ...
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Does the new unified design theme result in more off-topic questions where lost users asked on the wrong site?

This is partially a request for opinion, and partially a request for statistics. For a very long time, Meta Stack Exchange has suffered from a problem where a lot of users ask blatantly off-topic ...
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Tour - Pull in On/Off Topic Guidelines?

Over the years, I have joined a number of Stack Exchange communities to varying degrees of participation. Unfortunately, it has often been at least six months between joining communities - just long ...
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How should we steer lost users?

Here is a thing I see fairly often here on Meta.SE: The question isn't remotely on-topic and was rightly, and quickly, put on hold. Somebody left a comment (not shown) pointing out what Meta.SE is ...
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Can there be a feature that redirects an off-topic question to the appropriate Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

Background I was on Stack Exchange today, asking a regular ol' question, the gist of which was: What library do you use to make GUI-based apps in Java? I asked it based on how apps that have used ...
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Should the “can no longer be reproduced” off-topic close reason on meta be changed?

Here on Meta Stack Exchange as well as on Meta Stack Overflow, we have an off-topic close reason that says: The problem described here can no longer be reproduced. Changes to the system or to the ...
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Can't see the specific off-topic reason in the Reopen queue

When I am doing the Reopen Review queue, I like to see why the question was closed. If the question is closed due to it being "off-topic" however, I can't see the specific off-topic reason: It just ...
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Should I downvote questions posted on the wrong SE site? [duplicate]

If a question is not directly "bad", but placed on the wrong SE network (e.g., posted on stackoverflow.com when it should have been posted on superuser.com), in addition to close-voting, should I also ...
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Dealing with obviously false answers

I would like to ask what to do if you receive an answer which is: offtopic containing false information I'd like to ask for some guidance about what I did wrong. I asked a question, someone ...
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Blatantly off-topic for all

As far as I see the "Blatantly off-topic" flag Blatantly off-topic (this question has nothing to do with %site topic%) is only available for low-rep users without the close vote privilege. What ...
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Should you delete your own off-topic, answerless questions?

I unfortunately asked a very off-topic question here yesterday. I requested to move it to the appropriate meta site by flagging for moderator attention, but got no response. Eventually the question ...
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Why do moderators choose to not delete obvious off-topic questions after they have closed them?

I see this happen quite often, and while I don't agree/disagree, I am just wondering why. Often on the sites I visit regularly (Stack Overflow and Meta Stack Exchange), I see moderators closing ...
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I'm changing the “not generally applicable” close reason here on Meta SE

This is a small administrative note. For the past 3 years and 11 months, we've had an off-topic reason defined here for use on questions that are only relevant to a specific site: This question ...
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Migrate to another Stack Exchange site without closing

The current process of flagging a post for migration to another Stack Exchange website is as follows: Flag It should be closed for another reason Off-topic because This question belongs on another ...
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People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety

I used to think that Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's idea of a survey was a terrible idea - it didn't actually fix anything, and I suspect most folks asking off-topic questions here are drivebys. On ...
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Why do users often ask blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta?

For quite some time, newer users seem to ask a lot of blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta. They are mostly programming questions that should have been closed asked on Stack Overflow, along with ...
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Should moderators collectively decide before deleting a question as off-topic?

Many answers claim that a collective decision on subjective issues; such as what is off-topic is just a waste of time. But too often they forget that newcomers are often clueless about what is ...
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my question is always put on hold as off-topic or duplicate or closed why? [duplicate]

I posted many questions but most of the questions are put on hold as off-topic or duplicate or closed i dont know reason may be my english how to explain my issues or otherwise some senior stackusers ...
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Closing questions because answers are off-topic

Usually one asks for closing questions that appear off-topic. But what about questions with answers off-topic? It happened few times that I've asked a specific question and I've received a lot of ...
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Where to ask about cell tower technology?

I tried asking a question on Networking about how cell towers are installed, operated, and funded, and specifically how all this is done. I'm not asking for companies to contact to install a tower, ...
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Make “What's on topic for this site?” visible

Often, when I want to ask a question (such as now on tex.stackexchange.com), I wonder: "Is it on topic or not for this specific SE site?" then, I'm parsing the page visually, trying to find if ...
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Is asking for user stories off-topic on meta sites?

On English Language & Usage Meta there has been a recent debate about a question asking users for stories about: how you ended up on ELU, how it has helped you, and perhaps more importantly, ...
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Why are there two different close reasons for questions that aren't about the site's topic?

On both Meta Stack Exchange and Super User, I noticed that there are two close reasons to choose between when a question isn't about the topic of the site (Stack Exchange on Meta and computers on ...
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What is the difference between the “scope” and the “on-topic” tags on most child metas?

In most sites I participate, their child metas have simultaneously two seemingly similar tags: scope and on-topic (or off-topic, on-topic-ness, off-topic-ness). Is this redundant? If yes, shouldn't we ...
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Handling questions asking for data, statistics or marketing share?

I often see questions asking for data, statistics or marketing share (that are not about SE) and I'm finding it hard to tell that they are OT. But as far as I can tell, those answers are likely to be ...
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Questions based on opinion [duplicate]

How can I post questions to know the community opinion about a theme, in 'A or B' style, without get 'off-toppic'?
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Where can I ask questions when I don't know which SE is the right one? [duplicate]

On which SE should I ask a questions if I don't know which is the right place for it. For example, I asked a question on Stackoverflow about websites with programming challenges (recommendation), ...
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When are “blatantly off-topic” flags marked helpful?

From this FAQ, Flags to close a question will be dismissed as helpful as soon as another user votes to close it. However, if you don't have enough reputation to see close votes, it will appear as ...
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Is it ok to explain the justification for a question in the question itself (or comment)?

If a poster has a question that is clearly on-topic according to the help, but is drawing comments that it is "off topic", should the justification for the question (such as citing the relevant line ...
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Should there a proposal for a lost question section for Area 51, where they can be connected and to taken to a new proposal for a site? [duplicate]

TL;DR: This is not a "dump and go" site for people that don't have a place for their questions, but almost a reverse Area 51 process. This is for high-quality lost questions to find the right site ...
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Inconsistent response on Stack Overflow [closed]

I have started using Stack Exchange websites regularly recently and Stack Overflow very often since I am programmer. I see that the responses are very inconsistent. Inconsistent in the sense that ...
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Handling comments that answer closed questions

On our site (economics.SE) we discourage (via downvoting) people from writing answers to questions that look off-topic to avoid providing incentives to write such questions in the first place (see ...
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When is it worth to edit an off-topic question on MSE into a site-recommendation?

Today the following question (<10K) was posted on MSE: Screw loosener disolved I have a question for experts in mechanics and people who like to build stuff. Is there any type of screw ...
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Wait for question to close before rejecting migration [duplicate]

This question was recently asked on superuser, flagged as off topic and migrated to WebApps StackExchange (Google Hangouts Account Disconnection), all of which makes perfect sense, since the question ...