The current custom close reason for application development question reads:

Questions about web application development are off-topic here, but can be asked on Stack Overflow.

We're doing our compatriots at Stack Overflow a disservice. Most of these questions are crap.

I suggest rephrasing it:

Questions about web application development are off-topic here; they might be on-topic for Stack Overflow.

Perhaps a link to the Stack Overflow Help Center would be good, too.

Or, from Sathya's suggestion...

It is a question about creating/developing a web application.

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    well over at Super User we got rid of the "might be ontopic for x" completely - idea being, if it suits the destination site, it'll be migrated Jul 9, 2013 at 15:25
  • Sounds reasonable to me.
    – ale
    Jul 9, 2013 at 15:28
  • @Sathya you can set the change, sounds okay to me as well
    – phwd
    Jul 9, 2013 at 17:19
  • @phwd added, you or Chris will need to approve it Jul 9, 2013 at 17:28
  • @Sathya just approved it
    – phwd
    Jul 9, 2013 at 17:37

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The reason is now live:

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    @pnuts you're talking about recommendations. The question is above web dev and the position if off by one but the wording still remains the same. Aug 24, 2017 at 9:25

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