Questions tagged [off-topic]

This tag is for questions regarding off topic questions (in other words: questions for which a community-specific close reason applies), 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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Why are off-topic questions put on hold, rather than migrated? [duplicate]

I posted a question on Server Fault which a moderator put on hold for the following reason: Questions on Server Fault must be about managing information technology systems in a business environment....
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What to do when site to migrate to isn't one of the options

This question clearly belongs on android.stackexchange.com However when voting to close, under Off Topics > This Question Belongs on Another Stack Exchange Network, there is no option for android....
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Is submitting edits for a question multiple times until it is considered acceptable okay?

I recently encountered a question I think could be useful to others if it were phrased better. The question had been flagged as off-topic originally, but I submitted an edit to nudge it into asking ...
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Does "topic" have a special meaning on Stack Exchange, and should it?

Often on at least some Stack Exchange sites you see people equate "topic" with any and all qualities of a question, answer, or comment, rather than just their topic in the usual English sense. ...
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What happens to questions closed as blatantly off-topic?

The following close reason appears on every single Stack Exchange site when you're voting/flagging to close a question as off-topic: Blatantly off-topic (this question has nothing to do with [...
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Guidelines for creating a custom off-topic close-vote reason

Background: My main site, CogSci.SE is going through a major overhaul to try and get it out of beta hell. One of the ways we are attempting this is creating a new custom off-topic close vote reason. ...
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Asking for updated answer when original question no longer meets requirements

On Stack Overflow I came across this question which I don't believe would meet the current question requirements, I think it's too broad and off topic. My issue is that I'd like to get an updated ...
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Should off-topic or poor quality posts be deleted immediately?

I often encounter an off-topic or otherwise unsuitable post, and comment so on the post. The OP might immediately reply asking for the best course of action. Should I tell the OP to delete the ...
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I asked a programming question on Meta.SE and it got negatively received. What should I do?

I recently discovered Meta Stack Exchange and asked a programming question on it. Subsequently, it got (down|delete|close) voted for this reason: This question does not appear to be about the ...
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MSE needs the close reason "This question should be on SO"

Programming Puzzles & Code Golf has the following close reason for occasionally appearing general programming questions that should be asked on Stack Overflow: This site is for programming ...
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Please give us Meta back!

It used to be so quiet here, a nice place where users understanding the basics of the SE network of sites discussed important matters, made wonderful feature requests and sometimes even filed a bug ...
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Should we update the TOS post with a banner to point clueless users at SO for their programming questions?

Ever since the TOS update, Meta Stack Exchange keeps getting flooded by ridiculous questions (mostly about general programming and code, but occasionally for other sites than SO) whenever the ...
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Are questions about programming "within a video game" different from questions about programming "in real life"?

Gaming the system So, I asked a question over on Meta.SO: Can I ask about assembly programming in the game “Human Resource Machine”? ... It is programming, for sure, but I'm unsure about ...
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What's the point of splitting related topics into different sites/communities? [duplicate]

Similar questions have been asked here before, for example Are we creating too many different Stack Exchange sites?, but my point is slightly different. I have absolutely no issue with the total ...
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Topics not getting a chance to reach users who could answer

I think it is very frustrating and hurts the sites "usefulness" that people are so prompt at closing topics they don't really understand. It would be nice solutions were found avoid theses cases: ...
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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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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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Statistics regarding users who recently flooded MSE with blatantly off-topic debugging questions

Related: Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE Ways to give users some specific education about question quality and topicality Block migration if user is suspended/question-blocked at ...
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Remove Stack Snippets on Meta Stackexchange

Stack snippets are available on this meta.stackexchange.com site, but as mentioned in the initial meta post about them there was no discussion as to whether they should be here or not. I would ...
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Sudden increase in off-topic posts on MSE

It seems that the Updated Terms of Service message linking to the MSE post discussing it had a undesired side effect: there is a huge increase in off-topic (mostly programming) questions. (Not to ...
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Question "stuck" in intersite limbo

I put a question on site A, where is was closed (on hold currently) as off topic and belonging to site B. So I posted it to site B, where it was again closed as "off topic, should be on site A". How ...
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Using off-topic questions to build beta site activity

A user on Beer (beta) suggested temporarily allowing a kind of question that normally would be considered off-topic, in order to build site activity. Specifically, the user proposes crosswords, ...
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Why are best practice questions not well-received? [duplicate]

In my programming journey, I have been able to solve problems by writing spaghetti code and copying and pasting it through out my solution, as long as it works. So not so long ago, I reached a stage ...
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If I see an valuable question that's old and off-topic on one site, should I re-ask it on the correct site?

I just came across an interesting question, What is the etymology of 'slug' (a 'slug' being the sequence of characters in URLs like "what-is-the-etymology-of-slug"), and it's fairly well-answered, but ...
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Closing a question as a duplicate of an off-topic question

What should I do when an off-topic question is asked that is also a duplicate of another closed off-topic question? Close the new question with the off topic reason? Mark the new question as a ...
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Should we move these type of (off-topic) questions?

Most of the times, in most of the SE sites, polling questions are not well-seen. Paradoxically, they were proven to be quite useful and had a lot of upvotes. When this topic is discussed, however, it ...
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Is it bad to include in answers content that is relevant to the question but off-topic for the site?

The following text from an answer on the German Language Stack Exchange brings up an interesting question: [...] To explain what happened thereafter to the translation into English is not the aim ...
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Cannot find the appropriate stack exchange site in the list when flagging a question as "off-topic" [duplicate]

I am trying to flag a question as off-topic because it's a code review question posted in stackoverflow. I follow the steps : Flag > should be closed... > off-topic because... > This question ...
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Question closed as off-topic after following suggestion in Meta

Recently I had an algorithmic question regarding a programming puzzle. Unsure where to ask it, I searched Meta and found this post: Where should I post questions about algorithms: Stack Overflow or ...
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Completed feature-request gets closed as off-topic

This feature-request was marked status-completed and then it got closed as off-topic. If it was really off-topic then it should not have been tagged completed. To me that is really strange, maybe I am ...
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Is it inconsistent for an interdisciplinary question to be on topic in one site but not in another?

A religious question, "Christianity, Judaism, and Islam worship the same God?" is on topic in Islam but not Christianity or Judaism Is this seeming inconsistency common on Stack Exchange? I can ask ...
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Is there any Stack Exchange website useful to request a programming book/site? [duplicate]

I'd like to ask about a programming book (no specific book: I'd like recommendations for a good book). Stack Overflow seems to treat these topics as off-topic (since it does not involve a particular ...
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Can / should we answer primary opinion based and closed questions by comment?

As we know, most sites here reject primary opinion based questions, but sometimes we may find awesome opinion based questions containing useful information in comments and answers. The problem is: ...
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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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Off-topic doesn't tell you what you can ask?

On old Stack Overflow posts, we had close reasons: Questions on Stack Overflow are expected to relate to programming within the scope defined by the community. Consider editing the question or ...
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How can a (new) user tell if/when a question will be migrated?

A few days ago, I posted a question which is currently flagged as on hold, due to being off-topic. According to this meta question, a migration will/can/might happen if five users vote to close and at ...
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How to deal with persistent off-topics posts about the same thing?

Recently on Arqade there have been many posts regarding modded minecraft technical support, which is clearly not in the scope. Yes, we always comment that we vote the question to close, but since it ...
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We should have a question status similar to locking that non mods can set on posts

If this is tl;dr skip to the bottom heading. In the SO Close Vote Reviewers chatroom, there was recently a discussion with @Shog9, @JonClements and a few others about this Stack Overflow question: ...
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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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unfairness in stack exchange sites? [closed]

Before you continue reading, I will be suprised if you can give a reasonable answer to this question, that supports the moderators over at stack overflow ok I admit, I'm not an expert on stack ...
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Flagging a post that has no meaning

I have seen posts, such as Please need to discuss that code that has no meaning at all. That post had a number of g's typed, and conveyed nothing (it would have been deleted by the time you read this)...
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Off-topic to ask if something is off-topic?

Would a question on Meta be off-topic if it's asking if a question would be off-topic on Stack Overflow? In other words, is "Would this be an off-topic question on Stack Overflow [question here]" ...
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Absolutely every question I ever ask on Programmers ends up being a bad question and put on hold for off topic [duplicate]

Absolutely every question I ever ask on programmers.stackexchange.com ends up being a bad question and put on hold due to being off topic. Where can I ask my questions without having to constantly ...
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New users should be redirected to the proper site instead of being downvoted

New users (like me) use to post questions on any Stack Exchange site, and sometimes they are closed as off-topic and get lots of down votes which is quite demotivating for those users, causing them to ...
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New 10K tool: question close statistics

Two years ago, we rolled out some significant changes to closing, along with a massive number of changes behind the scenes to clean up the supporting logic that had grown crufty over the years. As ...
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Two "offtopic" flag reasons [duplicate]

The flagging window currently has two different possible reasons to flag a question as offtopic (seen by selecting flag -> "should be closed..." -> "offtopic because"): This question does not appear ...
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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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What causes a recommend closure flag to be marked disputed, versus helpful or declined? [duplicate]

I know that this type of question was asked many time, but I didn't find answers related to my specific questions anywhere. At this answer it is explained about disputed flags of types NAA, VLQ, ...
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Add a "this question is not about [X]" option when flagging a question as off-topic

Suppose you find a question titled "How tall is Jackie Chan?" in Stack Overflow or any other SE site. It is off-topic. So you flag it: This question doesn't fall under any of these. So you have to ...
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Add site recommendation when flagging off topic [duplicate]

There's an option "This question only pertains to a specific site" when flagging "off-topic". Is it possible to add a box which asks you about the site that the question belongs to, and auto posts ...

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