Questions tagged [off-topic]

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Is an option missing in the new off-topic reasons?

I really like the new option structure when flagging - I have in particular missed the "Minimal understanding" option. However, I think that one option is missing. If we look at this rambling ...
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Please fix the big gap in the line height of the new Off-Topic reason list

For some reason the choices listed under the Off-Topic list are all bunched toegther which makes reading difficult and creates a big empty gap between the last reason and the Vote to Close button. ...
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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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Cross-posts, egregiously off-topic questions and the vanishing delete link

Having been a participant on Programmers for quite some time now, I am no stranger to new users and drive-by posters. Despite Programmers' reputation as "the least understood site on the network," ...
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Add optional cross-site “already asked” link to off-topic close reason

This topic was already discussed in Allow cross-site duplicate closing feature request. It was badly received and I generally agree, but it has some valid points. So far conclusions that was not ...
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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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Add site-specific custom off-topic reasons to each sites help-center “Avoid asking” or “Close Reasons” page

Just what the title says, each site has it's own custom off topic reasons (or can) as of a feature request from sometime ago, but the Avoid Asking and Close Reasons pages which are not editable by ...
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Flag to close dialog should have freeform off topic reason

See this meta post too Currently, users with <3k reputation, while flagging to close as off topic are presented with the custom close reasons and "belongs elsewhere" close reason. However, the ...
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When in a specific SE site, could there be an easy way to see that site's manifesto?

A significant part of traffic on any SE site consists of people (often newbies) asking questions which are outside the scope of the site, which are then closed for being "off-topic". Unfortunately, it ...
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Don’t tell people with no account at every possible point to join Meta

We get a lot of crappy questions on Meta from people who don’t in any way understand it, most of the time thinking they’re on Stack Overflow. If we want to decrease the chance of this, what if we didn’...
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When a question is closed as off-topic the FAQ link should take to the page showing which questions are on-topic

I closed a question as off-topic, and the closure message is the following one: Questions on Drupal Answers are expected to relate to drupal within the scope defined in the FAQ. Consider editing ...
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Can a shopping question be made viable on Stack Overflow (and similar sites)?

Jaydles asked about how to improve Off Topic closings yesterday. I suggested a new explanatory paragraph to display on closed shopping questions, but hit a snag when it came to the "what can I do to ...
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Should specific SE tech sites be more visible on Stack Overflow?

Stack Exchange has grown a lot and has a bunch of sites whose content ends up on Stack Overflow. These include, but are not limited to: Meta; Server Fault; Super User; TeX; DBA; Programmers, Pro ...
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Why don't off-topic close notices indicate which specific users voted for specific off-topic canned reasons anymore?

In the old notices, on questions closed as off-topic, the notice would not only indicate all of the close voters who closed the question, but also the specific users who voted for specific canned ...
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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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Easier path to close vote/migration “vote” for questions that “don't belong here”

I have recently seen yet another question where I thought "hey, that should better be at codereview", and then went to close->offtopic->other site -> uhm, there was no codereview. And then I was ...
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Allow custom close reasons that are not off-topic

There is an automated downvote when ever a question is closed as off-topic. The new bespoke reasons, that seem to effectively replace too localized, are all in the off-topic section, which means each ...
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Allow user to flag a question as belonging on a specific site specified by user

If a user wants to flag a question as off-topic and belonging on another site, they most likely follow the path illustrated here to do so. If the site they had in mind is not in the suggested list (...
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Add the “can no longer be reproduced” and “does not seek input and discussion” close reasons to all meta sites

Meta Stack Exchange and Meta Stack Overflow have two very useful off-topic close reasons in the closing dialog. I'm talking specifically about these two: This question does not appear to seek input ...
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Close box on old questions still says “Off-topic because…too old to migrate”

I was voting to close this question as off topic because the OP doesn't show any effort at solving it himself, when I noticed that next to the off topic title, it still says "too old to migrate". That ...
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How to flag a question as off topic with current changes?

My question is respected to the changes made to the flagging algorithm as reported here on meta Feedback on tools/flagged changes There was question on Stack Overflow - https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Break “off topic” close reasons into specific reasons in Tools rather than grouping them in one bucket

The 10K user tools are really great! Recently I was attempting to get an idea of which close reasons are used more than others... Currently only applies to off topic, most sites have between 3-6 off ...
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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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Target Linkable Help Content

I was just looking around to respond (via comment) to an off-topic post on StackOverflow and wanted to point a user to a direct paragraph as to "why" the Question was off topic. What I propose (and ...
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New Off topic choices for other sites

The first page of Off Topic includes migration to SuperUser and ServerFault and then we have the second page. Several issues Shouldn't the other sites just be on one page I thought that ServerFault ...
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Add text to the “close as off-topic” dialog explaining the possibility of flagging for moderator attention

In “Need option “belongs to CodeReview” in “close because off-topic” button”, it was explained that If you see a question that you think would be a better fit for another site not on the migration ...
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Clarification on “what if _ happened?” off-topic questions

Many (all?) Stack Exchange sites include an off-topic question category that reads: you are asking an open-ended, hypothetical question: “What if ______ happened?” I read this as referring ...
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Rephrase site migration close reason header

There seems to be a fair amount of perpetual confusion over just what migration entails and what questions qualify. It seems to me that a bit of rephrasing would reduce that confusion considerably ...
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Redundant 'closed without comment' issue

On Blender, we have a custom off-topic reason: This question appears to be off-topic because it is a bug report and not an actual question. These should be reported to Blender's tracker instead. ...
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Why flagging a post as off-topic doesn't include crossvalidated?

So, I'm relatively new to stackexchange and mainly participate in R-related posts to SO and statistics questions on CrossValidated. I've noticed that when trying to flag a question as off-topic, if ...
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Content edit of http://stackoverflow.com/help/on-topic

The information in the help article https://stackoverflow.com/help/on-topic is not accurately reflecting in the (at least flagging) interface. I am specifically speaking of: Questions asking for ...
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Prewarn users that question may be off topic based on tags

I recently came across the appstore-approval tag and noticed this in the wiki: App store approval is off-topic for Stack Overflow. Questions marked with this tag concern the approval process of an ...
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On-topic post closed as off-topic

Artifactory has: A tag on Stack Overflow A programmable REST API The question How do I download the latest artifact from Artifactory? was closed as off-topic. IMO, it is not. Can it be re-...
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Add an automated message to posts that have at least 1 “Close as [Low Quality]” vote

As a >3k rep user on SO, I try to do my part and cast close votes on low quality questions. For new users, I've tried to be a good citizen in the past and leave a comment with suggestions to improve ...
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What StackExchange site is the right one for API/Library questions?

I recently had some beef with other users on Stack Overflow. And why I'm getting the feeling that giving context is not a desired thing on Stack Overflow, I'm hopeful it might be here, so I'll give a ...
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Question does not belong to SO but has been answered on SO, what to do with the answer?

One of the first (naive) questions I posted on SO actually belongs to Super User: I wanted to ship the question over there despite it being already answered on SO; it received more upvotes than ...
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Off-topic Review Messaging

When reviewing 'off-topic' questions to 'close', the box at the top asks: Should this question be closed as: off-topic (more) Clicking on (more) causes a drawer to open, with the following message:...
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Let me suggest migration when flagging, to clarify that the flag is not for closing (problem with flagging on meta sites only)

Edit: This problem exists only for meta sites, so I am reclassifying it from a feature request to a bug. On a site where I have a little over 200 rep, I just wanted to flag a question that I think ...
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Could the FAQ links in the legacy off topic close reason be updated?

The new close banners link to the help center. However, the old "off topic" reason links to /faq (which now redirects to the help center home page) Questions on Physics Stack Exchange are expected ...
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Default off topic option not focused

When voting to close a question as off topic, the "is off topic" option is selected by default and the "vote to close" button is enabled. (I understand that there reasoning behind this, in that people ...
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Missing option in the “off topic” close vote

I voted this and this question to be closed as off topic, but I really can't find the appropriate reason in the off-topic list. Both options I would use ("specific problem" and "minimal understanding"...
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Off-Topic Improvements could keep the conversation alive

I find the off-topic experience on StackExchange sites to be very frustrating. I usually arrive from a search engine and find the exact question I want to see an answer for is marked Off-Topic with ...