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 '13 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 – Cody Guldner Jul 31 '13 at 21:33
  • So shouldn't they be closed as duplicates instead? – JohnB Jul 31 '13 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 – Cody Guldner Jul 31 '13 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 '13 at 21:43

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?

  • Area 51 doesn't have a help center, so that close reason means nothing. I see posts all the time asking people to vote, so I think that should be a reason – Cody Guldner Jul 31 '13 at 21:35
  • @Cody sure, the link could be fixed too. But right now, it doesn't make sense at all – JohnB Jul 31 '13 at 21:40
  • @JohnB The 'About off topic' issue is a bug across all per-site metas; meta.stackoverflow.com/questions/186041/… – LessPop_MoreFizz Sep 30 '13 at 12:18

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