There will be changes in close reasons in the next few days:

  • “not constructive” and “not a real question” are replaced by

    • “unclear what you're asking”
    • “too broad”
    • “primarily opinion-based”

  • “off-topic” can be refined with predefined sub-reasons. These sub-reasons can cover common motifs that are not obvious from the site name, or cases where we would formerly have used “too localized”, which will disappear.

  • Closed questions will be labelled as “on hold” for 5 days, and “closed” afterwards.

Should we have predefined close reasons?

  • Do we have a vote in this? Jun 14, 2013 at 9:15
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    @JacobJanTuinstra - In which part? Not the main changes, but for the sub reasons for off topic.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 14, 2013 at 9:20
  • Is this just for those who can actually cast close votes or for flagging as well? Jun 14, 2013 at 12:26
  • @batpigandme - I am assuming that the flags will also change to reflect the new close reasons.
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 14, 2013 at 12:41
  • A very nice set of close reasons - meta.robotics.stackexchange.com/questions/179/…
    – ChrisF Mod
    Jun 20, 2013 at 13:33

1 Answer 1


Looking at the most recent questions that have been closed as off-topic, I see:

  • A question on Drupal that probably should have been closed as NARQ
  • An overly broad web development question
  • A web app feature request
  • A question on how easy it would be to install some software (presumably a web app); I think it should have been NARQ
  • Asking for experiences in unsolicited contact of people through social media
  • A question about building a Facebook app
  • A question about Gmail on Android security (migrated to Android Enthusiasts)
  • A question about integrating Google Play Music into a Linux music player
  • A question about legal characters in email
  • A question about integrating contacts on an Android phone with a task manager (migrated to Android Enthusiasts)
  • A question on browser functionality (migrated to Super User)
  • A request for web app recommendations for "lifetime" email addresses; probably should have been closed as NC
  • A JavaScript error in someone's code
  • A request for web app recommendations for a clothing store; should have been closed as NC
  • A question about embedding reports in a web app someone is developing
  • An app recommendation for translating PDFs; probably should have been closed as NC
  • A request for a web app recommendation for community management; probably should have been closed as NC
  • A programming issue with Google Maps
  • A problem with a Facebook app being developed
  • A question about email addresses with Salesforce.com. (There is apparently a saleforce.stackexchange.com)
  • A request for a web app recommendation for data entry. I would expect NC
  • A request for a web site so someone can re-build iGoogle
  • A PHP programming question
  • A question about playing audio in a web app being developed
  • A question on how to get Microsoft Outlook to send/receive Gmail. Migrated to Super User
  • A problem with putting a Facebook "Like" button on a web page. Migrated to Stack Overflow
  • An overly broad JavaScript question. There's so little information, though, it could arguably have been closed as NARQ
  • A request for recommendation of a website to "communicate" with contractors. NARQ or NC would have been better, I think
  • A question about the security of third-party authentication in a custom web app. Migrated to Webmasters
  • A question about code mysteriously appearing on a custom web site
  • A JavaScript question. Migrated to Stack Overflow
  • A request for recommendations of a simple online SQL database
  • A question on a keyboard shortcut in Google Chrome
  • A question about a hacked WordPress installation
  • A question about Google's Pagespeed service for a custom app. Migrated to Webmasters

All of this is in addition to several successfully migrated questions (to Web Masters) asking about Google Search and SEO.

Clearly we need a custom reason:

you're asking a question about building a web application. Programming questions should go on [Stack Overflow]

Since we don't want to migrate "crap", we should probably also cover:

  • SEO
  • Maintaining your own site/installation
  • Browsers and other desktop software
  • Bug Tracker question: The question is more of a feature-request/bug report for the web app and is better asked as a question to the webapp developer

But otherwise I think (so far) the new reasons cover most issues.

  • Is it no longer possible to mark a question as off-topic if it's not covered by an SE site in the flag listing? (e.g. Android questions) Jun 28, 2013 at 14:20
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    @bat: You should probably ask this as a separate meta question.
    – ale
    Jun 28, 2013 at 14:22

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