Now that custom close reasons are live, I think we should take time to discuss how to customize our off-topic close reasons.
Here's what Meta.SO did:
Which means, we'll use this to call out specific types of question we don't like.
Here are some guidelines to work with:
- Keep it simple, so new users reading these will understand, especially if they are not familiar with Stack Exhange or otaku lexicon.
- Give solid reasoning -- try to have something that's not too open-ended as to open things up to a debate or retort, like with the legality of certain media sources.
- Keep it brief -- there's no need to write a book about it so lets aim for under 500 characters, including links and other Markdown tags.
- Give your reasoning behind each reason. It helps to reference previous meta posts (or perhaps we should make a unified meta post for unacceptable questions on the site?) so we don't confuse users haven't taken a chance (or time) to peruse those our lovely meta site. Kinda like what Arqade did.
- Provide three reasons in your suggestion/answer, because that's all we get, for now...