Currently, when voting to close a question because Questions on choosing an ideal word or phrase must include information on how it will be used in order to be answered, you have to go through the option off topic because.

I don't think a question without information on how it should be used is off-topic, I think it is unclear. We have a separate close reason for not clear what you are asking.

So surely the must include information option should be a subset of not clear what you are asking.


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    I think the only place custom close reasons can go is "off-topic".
    – ColleenV
    Aug 10 '16 at 16:53
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    "I don't a question..."... don't what a question?
    – Mitch
    Aug 10 '16 at 17:09
  • @Colleen is right. There are three "custom" close reasons the moderators of a site can add or modify, and all three go under the "off-topic" category. The other close reasons are standard: POB, Unclear and Too Broad. It's debatable whether one can equate duplicate and migration to closure.
    – M.A.R.
    Aug 10 '16 at 18:12
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    Probably "I don't think a question..."
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Aug 10 '16 at 18:44

"Off-topic" is very, very wide!

Anything which is explicitly off-topic, or even not on the "on-topic" list, is off-topic.

It's OK to say that questions which don't adhere to the published guidelines as stated in question tags are off-topic as well.

The tag guidance for is very explicit, having undergone a number of revisions to improve it over the years.

If a question doesn't meet the tag guidelines for a single-word request, it's fine to mark it as off-topic: single-word requests must meet the guidelines.

This is quite apart from the technical limitations: custom close reasons can only go under "off-topic", so that's where this one is. In choosing the custom close reasons (again, over a number of years), the most common are: lack of research or too basic; proof-reading; incomplete SWR.

  • By the same argument, unclear what you’re asking, too broad and primarily opinion-based should be placed under off-topic as well.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Aug 10 '16 at 19:11
  • @W That's a site-wide thing. You're welcome to post on Meta.SE with suggestions. I'm only attempting to rationalise what we have to use.
    – Andrew Leach Mod
    Aug 10 '16 at 19:14
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    That's a site-wide thing. – I know. But that does not make your rationalisation valid. A suggestion in that direction also already exists. PS: Here is another one.
    – Wrzlprmft
    Aug 10 '16 at 19:27
  • "Technical limitations" is a good enough answer for ELU Meta for me, which means it's an SE Meta query. @Wrzlprmft - thanks for the links to existing SE Meta queries, I've upvoted them.
    – AndyT
    Aug 11 '16 at 8:13

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