It would be nice to have some actual close reasons under the "off-topic" flag thingy.

One that comes to my mind is one posting to upvote questions, or to follow a proposal. We don't need that stuff cluttering this site. It could read like this

Questions asking to increase support for a proposal are off topic at the discussion zone. Instead of posting it here, try gaining support through social media networks

Another one could be related to starting a proposal. These questions don't show up often, but I am sure they have happened before. It could have instructions on how to start a new site, so then it is answering their question at the same time

Questions relating to starting a proposal do not fit on this site. If you want to start a proposal, select a category on the left of the main site, scroll to the bottom, and click "Propose a new site"


Questions relating to starting a proposal do not fit on this site. Area 51's main site is the place to do this. See this answer for more details

  • Not sure why you don't think that questions related to starting a proposal don't fit here, where else should they be asked? Perhaps I'm misunderstanding what sort of questions you'd expect to be closed
    – JohnB
    Jul 31, 2013 at 21:15
  • @JohnB They aren't off topic, but it has been asked before, and they can create the proposal for themselves instead of asking the community to do it Jul 31, 2013 at 21:33
  • So shouldn't they be closed as duplicates instead?
    – JohnB
    Jul 31, 2013 at 21:39
  • It would be easier if there was a defined close reason, instead of having to search for the same question every time Jul 31, 2013 at 21:40
  • I'll throw my disagreement hat into the ring for that then, there's a "close as duplicate" for a reason. I don't see that many of that flavor pass through here anyways. As I said in my suggestion, the "you need to post this as an example question" reason is definitely the most common.
    – JohnB
    Jul 31, 2013 at 21:43

1 Answer 1


The posts that are most often closed are the ones that should be posted as example questions. I think the most used off-topic reason would be a re-wording Robert's boilerplate comment:

This looks like a question for a site that hasn't been created, yet. This forum is designed to discuss these proposals to create new sites. If a site is created for this subject, you might be able to ask your question there, but I have to close this as 'off topic' for this forum. Sorry about the confusion.

If anything, the current single off-topic reason should at least be fixed:

This question does not appear to be about on-topic, within the scope defined in the help center.

It does not make sense grammatically. Remove "about" perhaps?


You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .