There have been some recent changes to the closing process for questions and will be rolled out to our site some time over the next week. While the linked post has lot of details about what exactly has changed, this post is specifically about the following two changes:
- "Too localized" is no longer a close reason.
- Each community is free to pick its own list of off-topic reasons (moderators will add/delete)
TL was probably the most used close reason on this site, especially for lazy documentation lookup/missing semicolon/read this paper and solve for me/etc. type questions. While I think its use has been very fair on our site, I do agree that network wide, there has been some abuse which justifies its removal. This means that we will have to find a place for a similar reason under the "Off Topic" banner.
This brings me to the primary purpose for this question — What should our off-topic reasons be? Now that we're 1.5 yrs old, we have certain identifiable patterns in questions that get closed and have a history of meta discussions to serve as a starting point for our choices. There are some relevant discussions in the following posts:
- Handling blatant RTFM cases---harmful to the community?
- Policy on Homework questions
- Can/should we have additional reasons for closing?
- Can we do something to suppress Tom Sawyers?
- Same old, same old
that are worth reading before participating in this one.
With these in mind, what additional granular close reasons (under off-topic) would you like to see? An answer should, preferably,
- justify having the suggestion as a built-in reason (i.e. identify a clear and present closed question pattern that will be addressed with the suggestion)
- provide a short and concise description of the close reason, which will be displayed under the "closed" banner (we'll figure out the word limit later).
Please use comments under the answer (and up/down votes) to discuss the usefulness of the suggestion (we don't want 10 different reasons, which makes it a giant mess) and to alter/modify/mollify the tone and increase the clarity of the description, which is what the user will see.
The end goal should be to convey to the user politely, but firmly and clearly, that their question is not a good fit for the site.