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I agree that having another option to post a flag without going back would be desirable. I stated as much in this answer as well. I propose an additional radio button, where the user only has to type in the site name. Something like this: Obviously it would be nice to have some form of completion for that text box, but that's just details. You could use ...


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History Over time, some close reasons that were carefully named came to be re-interpreted, and ultimately, misused. Example: Too Localized. Other carefully-chosen names repeatedly caused conflict due to the difference between the everyday meaning of the word and the Stack Exchange meaning of the word. Example: Not constructive. (To clarify, most ...


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To put it bluntly, asking this on Server Fault would be a terrible idea - In my opinion (and that of many SF regulars) no professional would run a WAMP system in production, and it would be so out of scope it would be in the next state. I'm unfamiliar with Stack Overflow's norms but I do believe that, if it doesn't involve an issue with the code itself, it's ...


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Each site needs their own reasons for closing questions as "off topic". The main problem is that each community has different reasons for closing questions as "off topic" (if they aren't otherwise not constructive, too localized, or not a real question). However, from all those reasons, the most obvious should already be in the FAQ, and well known to most ...


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I have to say that I'm very disappointed with some of the moderator comments that have been made in this discussion. First of all, there is a level of defensiveness for the status quo that is frankly mind boggling. It's not like the status quo is something old. The term "off topic" was never applied to "not enough information" or "not enough effort" before ...


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Alternative message suggestion: This question belongs on {hyperlink to other site} but is currently not of sufficient quality to be migrated there. Please read {site name}'s {link site's /help/on-topic}, {link site's help/dont-ask}, and {link site's /help/how-to-ask} for more information. I envision this as a checkbox on the migration tab. If checked (or ...


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I wasn't going to go out on a limb but since a follow up question has been asked... More importantly, why is it any of your business? ...I would like to address that. I for one am concerned about answers rather than the question. What I see in "Croissants", look painfully familiar to an issue that does so much damage at Programmers: Answers quality in ...


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Oh my. Disclaimer: I'm the OP of the question. Firstly, anyone looking at this thread from outside is scared. Really. So much hate in there... Please, don't bite me. I bite back. And I have a pet velociraptor. So, when I wrote the question, did I think it was on-topic? Yes. Did it lack effort in research? Definitely. Here is the story: it's a real issue ...


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As Pekka noted, there are questions regarding WAMP that are so poorly-asked (lacking in detail, or simply hard to read) that there's no point in trying to pick a site - they're going to do poorly everywhere. Sometimes they can be edited and improved, often they are not. Let's ignore those - embarrassingly bad questions are always bad. As Travis noted, there'...


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I'd focus on closing such questions as fast as possible. And perhaps even deletion if justified. If they can't answer because something was closed, you've solved the problem without muddying the meaning of votes. And if it gets deleted in a relatively short period of time, there is no gain for the answerer in any case.


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The spam and R/A flags have the same mechanical effects on a post, so, in the end, it probably doesn't matter too much which of these two you use from that perspective (and an argument could certainly be made for either). That being said... Spam is probably the better flag here From What are the “spam” and “rude or abusive” (offensive) flags, and how do they ...


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There should be a second, more detailed level of close reasons beneath each main reason (OT, NaRQ, Not Constructive, etc.) this second level should be curated by the community, separately for each site. If we had that, we could have explanatory paragraphs that address why a question was closed much more specifically - shown to the OP and maybe even to the ...


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Zero effort While I do think the question is on-topic for SO, I think it shows zero effort. To demonstrate, let's take a part of the original question and reword it, just a little bit. I have replaced "algorithm" with "c# code": So, how is this related to Stack Overflow? I want an algorithmc# code to decide who's going to buy the croissants next week. ...


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Software Recs participant here. I really don't know if we should do this. Sure, it'll get us a ton of traffic. But do we want that traffic? By the very nature of the site itself, we're not going to be starving of users. Another thing to consider: SR isn't (and shouldn't be) a 'no-rules shopping site'. We try to keep the questions in as manageable a form as ...


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To remedy these mishaps for now I went ahead and implemented the suggested banner that can be used as a user script: (function play() { "use strict"; var banner = $('#banner'), ms = 600, // time in ms m = 'This is META. Go away with your programming questions!', states = ['#ff0000', '#00ff00', '#0000ff'], option = {"...


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No, absolutely not. That's the whole point of having two distinct review systems. Use your up and down votes to comment on the question's quality and your close votes to comment on its topicality. While there's certainly no shortage of questions that should be both downvoted and close voted, there's also no reason to downvote a well defined and thoroughly ...


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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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First off, the answer to this question is easy: Should it be left open? Power to the people? Yeah, that. There's nothing particularly exceptional about this question apart from its popularity; given that most of the attention is coming from this post and SO itself, I'm not too worried that it'll be overlooked by the community. Moving beyond that, I'd ...


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They politely told the user that the question is offtopic and where to go to get help. If the user decided that getting an answer to their question wasn't worth posting it on the appropriate site, that is their decision to make. There were no downvotes (despite rather good reason for doing so) there were no rude comments, and the user was pointed to the ...


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Update (April 21, 2016) Note - we raised the minimum reputation here on MSE to ask to 2 from 1 (which should be just enough friction to slow this down) for the next few days. Update (April 20, 2016) Y'all now have 50 close votes a day while this persists, I plan to put it back to 24 before the end of the week. It's picking up even more. I have also added ...


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I'd say there are many reasons for this. One reason is that they end up following a link here, not realize that they are on a different site (since the site has the same interface), and then ask their (off-topic) question here. The number of off-topic questions asked per day for this reason suddenly increased a year and a half ago, when the Terms of ...


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I'm split. Maybe the best course of action, given the current context, is to ignore this (and compensate with one's own vote if one feels so inclined). Off-topic questions tend to go away very quickly anyway. The reason I'm thinking this is because, although upvoting off-topic questions can very well be considered as a kind of sabotage, siccing a CM on that ...


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A quote from the comments on the question @MikeW this is not off topic. The google-cloud-storage tag is officially supported by Google. This is a funny thing about tags, especially sponsored tags. They give off a certainly feel for official support, when they are in fact nothing more than owner sponsored advertisements, however the user than made this ...


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Well the obvious "leave a comment" solution simply isn't sustainable, and from a system perspective it's a cop-out, not a solution (just let the users do it!). Off Topic is unfortunately really something that's defined by the site. Career Advice is Off Topic on Programmers, even if the career is Programming; there's no generic close reason that could ever ...


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I tend to agree with Bart's answer, in cases where the question seems "borderline" or if it's a case where the questioner and answerer simply didn't know any better. On the other hand in the more blatant cases that Won't points out where the OP actually indicates that they are aware that the question is off-topic, down-voting the question and the answer ...


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