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Several times each day (usually) I see questions that are about developing web applications, which are off-topic, e.g. this.

I always flag the question (Flagging -> The question doesn't belong here because it is ... -> off-topic because ... -> It is a question about creating/developing a web application), and leave a comment with a boiler-plate text like This site is for questions about USING web applications, not developing them. You should move your question to e.g. stackoverflow.com.

It is not much work per question, but given the high volume of these questions, I find myself spending a lot of time flagging and commenting on them.

Is there an easier, or more recommended way, of dealing with these? Could this process be automated?

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Automating flagging is something which you're almost never likely to see. If you feel that you're posting the same comment over & again - this userscript gives a popup with 6 configurable auto-comments, which you can easily click to insert.

Reconfigure the comments to your most used boilerplate ones & you could save some hassle of retyping them over & again

I swear there was a userscript to reduce the clicks required for flagging/closing - making it almost 1 click, but I can't seem to find it. Or can I? ;)

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    Great! That's exactly what I had in mind. – Vidar S. Ramdal Nov 6 '13 at 12:30

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