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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

Please return to using the titles "Too broad" and "Unclear" Please change the Modal Titles: "Needs more focus" back to "Too broad" and "Needs details or ...
Makyen's user avatar
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Close the loop on "Too Broad"; make the close reason's actual intent reflected in its message

The description of the "Too Broad" close reason has been changed. This is the new text: Please edit the question to limit it to a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

Don't use the word "opinionated" in the description for "Opinion-based" The word "opinionated" does not mean "opinion-based". Instead, it means to be firm, ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

This is a bit of a basic request, perhaps too basic, but currently the 'post owner guidance' messages all end with: "If edited, your question will be reviewed and might be reopened." Could ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

Please return to using the modal title "Primarily opinion based" instead of "opinion based" If "primarily" isn't desired, then some alternatives for "primarily" ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

Not sure if this is outside the scope of this round, but I've always struggled with the "migrated from" post notice: My problem with this is the links. Unlike the "migrated to" ...
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How does the system determine which one close reason should be displayed on a closed question, given the close votes?

After intensely studying the system's patterns and analyzing information from various posts, I've found that the system selects the close reason to be displayed in this manner. Once a question reaches ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

This is just a wording tweak proposal for the Opinion-based guidance to viewers. Your proposed updated text reads Because this question may lead to opinionated discussion, debate, and answers, it has ...
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Please allow users without the close/reopen votes privilege to see the full details of close reasons

The changes requested here went live recently without much notice but I thought I'd go over the full slate of things that had to be updated to meet the request while attempting to catch all of the ...
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Why are specific close reasons no longer shown to users?

The close reason is now only shown to the question author and users with the ability to vote to close (usually unlocked at 3k rep). I prefer the old way, so I brought this up when the change was first ...
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Request to burninate the “Unclear what you're asking” close reason

Not getting answers is the best signal of an unclear question. No, it's indicative of a hard, maybe even not (yet) answerable question. Perhaps answering it would cause too much work and so no one ...
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Make "What's on topic for this site?" visible

This seems like a good use of the wasted open space in the left nav bar: Since the left nav bar takes up the space anyway – and is prominent enough – it seems to me the perfect place for this kind of ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

Please mention "Too broad" before "asking multiple questions" Regardless of whether or not you go back to using "Too broad" instead of "Needs focus" in the ...
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Close the loop on "Too Broad"; make the close reason's actual intent reflected in its message

Changing the message could help I support the changing of the text in the Too Broad message. I have had a very similar discussion to this before. Make it easier to close job shop "gimme teh codez&...
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What is the purpose of the "needs details or clarity" closure reason?

Closure for needs details or clarity is there to prompt the question asker to add those missing details and to direct people away from spending time trying to parse the unparseable and spend time ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

Flesh out the modal description for migration, specifically as to what makes a question 'complete.' Right now, the description reads: This question is out of scope on this site but is on topic on ...
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Improving the copy in the close modal and post notices – 2023 edition

Please use "on-topic" and "off-topic" instead of "in scope" and "out of scope" While I have no problem understanding what's meant in the text when "in ...
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What happens to questions closed as blatantly off-topic?

In general, blatantly off-topic is only available when flagging to close but not when voting to close¹. As users with the close privilege get shown the close-vote dialogue when trying to flag to close,...
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Distinguish close votes by reason

Since this question was asked, a similar change was made specifically for off-topic reasons. I can't find the Meta.SE post about it, but -- like you -- users complained that words were being put into ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Can we reorder the Close reasons here on MSE?

We used to put the "most common" generic entry at the top until we found that it wasn't particularly helpful. That last choice is the catch-all "it just doesn't fit" response when nothing else seems ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
14 votes

Make "What's on topic for this site?" visible

This is an excellent question. It echoes my own annoyance over this aspect of the current user experience at Stack Exchange. In my mind this is also the most "on top" of the "on-topic problem" ...
Metamorphic's user avatar
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Can there be a close reason on site metas for questions that don't provide evidence that a problem exists?

Long story short — we used to have a lot more close reasons covering the increasingly granular ways you might close a post. But with so many choices, the process was becoming too onerous. We ...
Robert Cartaino's user avatar
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Proposal: Include form for user that votes to close as "unclear" to clarify what is "unclear" and when edits clarify

Where the goal of closing a question is to revise and re-open The first goal of closing a question is to keep people from posting answers to questions that are incomplete, unacceptable, or just too ...
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What is "a problem the community faces"?

Meta Stack Exchange, and any meta site of Stack Exchange for that matter, is meant for three main things: Report bugs Ask for new features Discuss relevant things related to the site/network If ...
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What is the point of "primarily opinion based" for networks that do not deal with exact science?

Even if the stacks don't deal with exact sciences, answers can (and should) still be backed up. You can back them up with experience (and reasoning). All answers should be backed up, although ...
Anne Daunted GoFundMonica's user avatar
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The newer close reasons don't account for questions that are too general and require lengthy answers

I agree with this; I'm not a fan of how these got reworded. On one hand, we always tell users that the exact close reason doesn't matter. In a lot of cases, the community knows that a question needs ...
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Can moderators be given a way to change the close reason on a question without clearing reopen votes?

As a moderator, I sometimes use reopening and closing again explicitly to clear reopen votes. I’d say it is rare that we accidentally cleared reopen votes this way, and not an edge case I would want ...
Martijn Pieters's user avatar
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Close question about winter bash as "can no longer be reproduced"

They shouldn't be closed at all unless they were specific to that year's Winterbash (let's be honest, few are). Bug reports especially are still entirely relevant things that developers could fix ...
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Why are there two different close reasons for questions that aren't about the site's topic?

♦ moderators have the option to create up to three custom off-topic close reasons*. One of them might or might not be a general 'not in scope' close reason. On the other hand, the "blatantly ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Should a question be closed without a discussion?

You don't have the informed badge on either Physics or Skeptics. That suggests that you haven't taken the time to read through all the available information to find out what the sites are about and ...
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