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Is an off-topic political message inherently rude or abusive?

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 ...
Rubiksmoose's user avatar
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Why do users often ask blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta?

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 ...
Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's user avatar
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Introduce a rule: When questions are closed as "off-topic", the moderator who closes must not do so without also proposing a better place to ask

Sometimes, there is no site where the question would be on-topic. A catch-all site like you propose won't work, since it's not possible to form a community of experts who would be able to answer these ...
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Upvoting off-topic questions

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 ...
Frédéric Hamidi's user avatar
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People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety

Let's use a question wizard (already active on Stack Overflow) here on Meta.SE. It would have one question: "Is your question about programming?" We get a few of these per day: Aside from comments ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
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Please reduce the volume of programming questions on Meta Stack Exchange

Even though I shared your opinions in the beginning, and despise the off topic questions littering this precious site, I don't think it's a big problem any more, or at least not one that justifies ...
Shadow Wizard's user avatar
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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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What happened to "What's your best programming joke?"?

Well, this was deleted for the second time recently so I suppose a proper epitaph is due. The joke question was a fixture of the very, very early days of Stack Overflow, marked by exuberance and ...
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Why do users often ask blatantly off-topic questions here on Meta?

I can't prove this with any data, but perhaps it is a valid theory: Imagine the following conversation: Bob: I'm having such problems with my bicycle lately. Susan: You know there's a great site ...
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Avoiding misuse of SE/SO for online university tests during COVID-19

Do note that Physics Stack Exchange does allow homework questions per their FAQ - they just expect them to be of sufficient quality and only asking for help on how to solve them. That's very different ...
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What tags for a totally off-topic question?

Since this old Meta post was mentioned here on English Language & Usage Meta: What tag should be used when a question is completely off topic?, I feel it's worth providing an update: adding ...
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Is asking for user stories off-topic on meta sites?

If you're asking whether there's a network-wide ruling on this, there is not. I'm aware of a question on Science Fiction and Fantasy asking whether a similar type of questions are off topic: Should ...
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Why are we deleting off-topic closed questions at all?

Because leaving those questions around will not stop people from writing another similar question. This can commonly be seen with duplicate questions as you will see posters argue that their question ...
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Should moderators collectively decide before deleting a question as off-topic?

Would it not be better if 4-5 moderators collectively decide when deleting a post ? No, it won't be better. It will be much much worse since it will waste x5 time for the moderators who are busy ...
Shadow Wizard's user avatar
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MSE should handle questions about a single SE site when they're asking for external input

The problem is that that question is asking how Ask Ubuntu should do something for which there are no hard network-wide rules, i.e. the communities are free to do what they want as long as it obeys ...
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When can someone show gratitude on this site for things a person has done (not necessarily on this site)?

What you linked to: "Thank you, Robert Cartaino" is a thank you to a departing employee. Technically (strictly) speaking thank you comments are against site policy; but many enjoy receiving them all ...
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Should/do we discourage edits, by privileged users or not, to off-topic questions that will end up deleted?

Frankly - my opinion is, if people want to waste their time polishing turds and making silk purses from sow ears and other metaphors, they're welcome to. I would suggest that getting trivial edits/...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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Migrate to another Stack Exchange site without closing

This specifically runs afoul of something that we already require - questions should not be duplicated between the sites without being specifically rewritten with that site in mind. Cross posting is ...
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What REALLY defines on and off topic?

Seems to me that sometimes if people don't know the answer, or don't feel like answering, they decide to close it and pretend it never existed. But that's not what is being said. The off-topic reason ...
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How many people re-post their question in the correct place after accidentally posting it here?

I'm curious as to how many of these "lost souls" realise their mistake, one way or the other Rest assured: 100% of those who come back to check on their question realize that. Because they see their ...
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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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When is it worth to edit an off-topic question on MSE into a site-recommendation?

There is no clear indication that the user was looking for a site recommendation. Just because we have that tag, and we know that such content is on-topic, doesn't mean we should assume that's what ...
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Is asking for user stories off-topic on meta sites?

I think what is on topic on a site's meta is going to be largely up to the individual site. I should also note that I have no account on ELU, don't visit without an account to read the occasional ...
gung - Reinstate Monica's user avatar
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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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Wait, so what kind of discussion of hats is and isn't on topic here?

TL;DR: your earlier question wasn't a meta question. Posts on meta sites, especially Meta Stack Exchange, don't have to be questions, but they do have to be discussions that get the community ...
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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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How do we make changes to a site's scope?

You're essentially asking for a scope change. Just blacklisting/banning the tag won't help; users will simply use other tags (such as the country they've found the rock in, or even random tags) for ...
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