A proposed wording for our "out of scope" close reason is being constructed at this other meta question but it needs some links to be considered ready to go. I've simply linked to the help page What questions can I ask about here? but some of you may know of some meta articles to link to for even more in-depth detail. Or this may be all we need. The wording was started by Skooba and is now a community wiki, so you can edit it yourself.

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    I'm not sure we need a 4th reason at this point. It's fairly clear that our mods don't care and a quick look at the custom closes over the last few weeks and months would suggest that the community has just recreated it on their own.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 22:13
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    Additionally the reason for rejecting the original wording is, in my very humble opinion, silly.
    – Valorum
    Commented Mar 16, 2022 at 22:14
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    FWIW links aren't needed per se though some links would certainly be better. However, having placeholders, like before your edit, with just [Meta Link 1] would mean the CMs won't implement the reason.
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 10:55
  • @TheLethalCarrot Just trying to move things forward. I guess any more detailed information could just be edited in to the help article.
    – Spencer
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 13:15
  • @TheLethalCarrot FWIW future works isn't in the "what should I avoid asking about" article yet.
    – Spencer
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 13:18
  • @Spencer mods can't edit most help pages, including that one :/
    – TheLethalCarrot Mod
    Commented Mar 18, 2022 at 13:27

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Nearly two years on from the initial discussion and we still don't have our third 'custom close' reason.

Not to fret though, because out of the last 55 questions that were closed 'with community-specific reasons', a huge proportion of them (more than 80%) were closed with the reason...

This question does not appear to be about Science Fiction or Fantasy, as defined in the [FAQ] and Help Centre

...or some variation thereof.

So it seems that we don't need to bother creating a new custom reason since the community has just gone ahead and done it all on its own.

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    Well, implementing a custom close reason would save people from having to type that out, and make the wording consistent.
    – Spencer
    Commented Oct 3, 2023 at 14:12
  • @Spencer - I use the AutoReviewComment plugin. It means that I can type a phrase once and then replicate it at will
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 3, 2023 at 14:22
  • "No longer maintained by the author" doesn't give me a lot of confidence.
    – Spencer
    Commented Oct 3, 2023 at 15:14
  • I like seeing my unique snowflakes of close reasons in your list :D
    – Andres F.
    Commented Oct 3, 2023 at 18:05
  • @AndresF. - Mine are all very boringly similar.
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 3, 2023 at 18:06
  • The reason "not about Science Fiction or Fantasy, as defined in the FAQ and Help Center" seems problematic. As far as I can tell, the FAQ (now called "Site Tour") and the Help Center do not indicate which types of works are on-topic or off-topic. Commented Oct 4, 2023 at 8:50
  • @galacticninja - This is the relevant page : scifi.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic
    – Valorum
    Commented Oct 4, 2023 at 9:38

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