Does the community welcome a proposed change to this close reason which would broaden and clarify it, with the goal of making it more generally useful both to questioners and to people voting to close?
- Arguments arise about closing “proofreading” questions because the close reason does not clearly explain why questions are not welcome.
- Some questions are being closed “proofreading” when the question should actually be closed for writing advice or criticism.
- There are more types of question that could be usefully added to the close reason, because they should be closed for the same reason.
- There is plenty of room to lengthen this close reason: custom close reasons, including markdown, are limited to roughly 400 characters.
Proofreading questions are off-topic unless a specific source of concern in the text is clearly identified.
Proofreading, writing advice and criticism, naming (including naming of variables), and schoolwork questions are examples of questions that do not help anyone but the asker. They are off topic. The only exception is when there is a clearly identified source of concern about an aspect of the English language which would be interesting and useful to many future visitors.
Meta questions where arguments or suggestions relevant to this proposal have been posted:
The fundamental question around closing posts like these is whether answering the question will help anyone other than the person asking the question. (MrHen♦)
Does the “proofreading” close reason cover questions that do identify specific words or phrases? (suməlic)
"Have I used flonk correctly?" is a question which will benefit only its asker. (Andrew Leach♦)
The question just asked which to use, which looks like writing advice to me. (FumbleFingers)
If the questioner is clearly more interested in getting an answer than in understanding the answer (i.e., if it smells suspiciously like a "do my homework for me" question), I usually vote to close as Proofreading. (phenry)
Your suggestion of proofreading is appropriate if the question were along the lines of "Have I used slang correctly in the following...". (Chenmunka)
EL&U isn't a proofreading service. No one but you cares or will ever care about the particular sentence you just brought up. So it makes no sense for us to clog our archives with one-off questions like this one. (Sven Yargs)