We have a lot of things specifically delimited as off-topic in our FAQ. Let me quote them:
- Proofreading ("are there any mistakes?"), unless the source of concern is clearly specified
- Writing advice or critique requests (see Writers.SE instead—note critique requests must meet their criteria)
- "How to improve my English?" (this is not constructive anyway)
- Translation and non-English languages
- Naming, including naming programming variables/classes
- Criticism, discussion, and analysis of English literature
- Jokes that do not rely on the English language
We also end up closing a lot of questions as off-topic. Can we talk about this?
To me, at least, it seems like proofreading and naming don't necessarily need to be closed as off-topic. Not A Real Question and Not Constructive respectively seem to be much better explanations as to why we don't like them. We don't like them not because they're not about English; we don't like them because they're fundamentally bad questions for SE.
Let's send writing advice along to NARQ as well, shall we? After all, just asking for advice is overly broad. Good critique questions can be migrated to Writers.SE.
We already have "How to improve my English?" marked as Not Constructive, so that's addressed. I'm not sure we're actually closing them as NC, but at least we've determined that they should be NC.
That leaves us with translation, non-English languages, English literature, and jokes. That seems like a much better list as far as OT is concerned to me.
Why do I think this is important? Because when new users come to our site, they see us closing these questions as OT and it looks like we have no idea what the English language is. Honestly—EL&U is one of the less-friendly SE sites, and we should probably work at changing that for the better. That doesn't mean relaxing standards entirely, but providing meaningful feedback is better.
Why does changing the three or four words in the close reason matter? Because it also changes the explanatory text that comes along with it. And while not everyone reads it, potentially valuable members do so. And the off-topic one is not particularly helpful.
So, no matter to what extent you agree or disagree with me here, please at least step forward and say something. The community is made up by all of us together.