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Introduction Per-site off-topic reasons were created to reduce the amount of confusion and debate surrounding what specifically is on- or off-topic for a given site. Folks asking questions for the first time are often unclear on what is allowed or expected; by explaining common misconceptions in a clear manner, you can help these people better understand ...


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Estimate of site usefulness Checking through many of the sites I frequent, I see that 25 out of 40 should be able to immediately convert one or more of their custom off-topic reasons into a different custom heading. Another 5 have no custom reasons at all (mostly young beta sites), and the remaining 10 are using their custom reasons solely for designating ...


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This would be beneficial on multiple sites and I think it should be implemented where needed, perhaps as an option/toggle controlled by each site's mod community. I don't have a specific solution but I do want to show some additional examples of this issue. On the sites I frequent, I find this would be particularly beneficial under the "unclear what you're ...


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I could write a regex to block these. But instead, I messaged the person responsible with a long, eloquent plea for sanity. Seemed easier.


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I am aware that this is not necessarily the purpose of this and may not justify the effort, but would it be possible to get a list of questions closed with a specific close reason, in particular the custom ones? I am asking because the list of custom close reasons on German Language SE revealed some questionable close reasons, for which I would like to see ...


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Does this happen often enough to justify the effort of implementing special bans and restrictions? I would think this would be much easier handled manually on a case by case basis by moderators, if it is a real problem at all. If once in a while somewhere one close reason out of five was not very useful, than that really isn't all that big of a problem. ...


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I really like the new page, but will there be longer date ranges available? 30 days is useful, but not as useful as if I could easily compare that to longer periods. I know I could query this from the Data Explorer, but since it's on a shiny new page, why not add six months or a year at the least?


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The catalyst (but not the only cause) for this question appears to have been one of my close votes, on a question that was obviously off-topic on SO and obviously on-topic for CR. @200_success is of the opinion that the close-vote should be the generic "too broad" (or possibly "primarily opinion-based"). I respectfully disagree. Really, this would be a lot ...


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On German Language SE, there is a close reason that has been approved and never deactivated. However, it is not available as a close reason and has never been, as far as I can remember. Either there is something wrong with the data or I am misinterpreting it. Either way, it’s confusing. Here is the overview: And here is the current selection of off-topic ...


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I was wondering when you are going to bring this up on meta. Let me explain my reasons doing so. Background Ever since the latest change in the close reasons, I found that none of the reasons adequately describe some of the worst questions on Stack Overflow. They are either very vague at best, or are plainly incorrect in describing the unanswerable ...


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It has been removed, along with the "minimal understanding" close reason. You should use the "unclear what you're asking" or "can't be reproduced" reasons instead - but see this answer by Shog first.


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Can you make part of the reason bold, so that it fits in with the other reasons and is more scannable? Something like this would be awesome: This question pertains only to a specific site in the Stack Exchange Network. Questions on Meta Stack Exchange should pertain to our network or software that drives it as a whole, within the guidelines defined in the ...


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Yes, when you select a custom reason when voting to close you automatically upvote it. This was simply how that feature was designed when it was implemented.


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Go to a question on your site and click the "close" link. Select "off-topic" from the list. At the bottom of the list of close reasons there will be a link to edit the list. From there you can add a custom close reason or edit close reasons that other moderators have added. Alternatively, you can go to "mod -> links -> manage off-topic close reasons", ...


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The comment was attached to a custom close reason, and the mod handling it wasn't quite sure what to do with that. As you have the option to 'delete' or 'dismiss', and your original flag was a little difficult to understand, they opted for dismiss. The fact that it was a custom close reason threw them a bit. So all mods know - if you see snark in a custom ...


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Oded: status-completed - "I should have thought of that from the start." Sweet! Could you put a little background color on alternating rows of the tables, especially the middle one with the actual stats? (Or vertically center elements in their cells?) The size of the close reasons (in the first column) causes the data in the other columns to be hard to ...


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The flag that was provided on the comment stated: WTF is up with this flag reason. This abuse of custom reasons is off putting. That doesn't make it particularly clear that what we needed to do was to change the word "Dramabook" in the comment to "Facebook". The comment itself, beyond the name for Facebook, was a viable explanation of a close reason (...


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This seems impractical. "...since it belongs on..." "...because it's better for..." "...it's a question for..." "...because it's in-scope at..." and a virtually unlimited variety of equivalents I haven't thought of Blacklisting a particular phrase only prompts people to work around it. (See all of the various misspellings of "problem" in question titles, ...


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Showing it as a comment helps relay to other users in the meantime why the question is being considered to be closed. Why not make that information directly available to the OP so that, perhaps, they can improve the question before it gets closed? Adding a comment to the post immediately notifies the user, while a single close vote does not (unless they are ...


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Open the close dialog on any question, and click "off topic". Then click "edit these reasons" Initially, you'll see a default OT reason, possibly with some custom ones. The default OT reason does not show up in the close menu, unless you currently have no active custom reasons. However, the default OT reason can show up on posts if: Close voters have used ...


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The way to get the reason back, while preserving the custom reason, is to add the default reason (or something resembling it) as another custom reason too. The default reason shows also up when people close as off-topic/other. I ran into the same issue on the site I moderate and was surprised then; my first impulse was to add the reason back (as described ...


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The tab navigation is the same for both the stats tool and the close statistics tool. Perhaps there should be a new tab? https://stackoverflow.com/tools/question-close-stats https://stackoverflow.com/tools?tab=stats


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They can make use of magic links like [edit], but they can't make use of [edit] - or [main], or [meta]. [chat], [tag:... links, help center links and site links all work properly though.


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When a question is closed as off-topic, all of the canonical (non-custom) sub-reasons which accumulated at least 2 votes or a diamond vote are shown as guidance for why the question was deemed off-topic. This effectively allows for up to two sub-reasons to appear, with a diamond as the fifth vote allowing a third sub-reason to appear (assuming a 2+2+diamond ...


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You don't need a predefined close reason to specifically address every possible situation under the sun. If you feel that the question should be closed because it is likely to result in statements of opinions rather than facts or references, choose “primarily opinion-based”. If you feel that the question should be closed because it is too open-ended and ...


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status-completed As mentioned in other answers, the sites that haven't had their CSS updated have a borked version of this page. However, grabbing the couple dozen CSS rules that apply to the elements on that page and throwing them into a Stylish style seems to work fine. Could the old CSS be patched with these rules to fix this tool on these sites?


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That's a surprisingly good idea, especially since that link isn't visible to everyone anymore (ever since the UI overhaul on those banners): For maximum effect you'd want that link visible for everyone, including the lower-reputation users.


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