Since the decision to create the custom off-topic close reasons, we've only used 2 of the 3 reason slots, so we're left with a spare custom close dialogue.

It would simplify matters if we used this for a standard dialogue warning people that the question they've asked is off-topic for the site:


This question does not appear to be about science fiction or fantasy within the scope defined in the help center"

  • meta.scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/7187/…
    – Wad Cheber
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 0:34
  • @WadCheber - Yes, there seemed to be some interest in using it (at least based on the comments) so I thought I'd make it an explicit choice. I personally would vote in favour, but I wanted to see what the community felt.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 0:44
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    I agree, except.. our help center doesn't do a very good job of describing what is and isn't "science fiction or fantasy" :)
    – KutuluMike
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 1:11
  • @MikeEdenfield - That's next on my list. That being said, we regularly see questions asked that are clearly not sci-fi or fantasy
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 7:42
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    Did this use to be a custom close reason and then get removed? I'm sure I've seen plenty of posts closed for this reason.
    – Rand al'Thor Mod
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 11:33
  • @randal'thor - before my time, but yes, this used to be a close reason. It seems to have been removed to make space for "general reference", then never reinstated.
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 13:11
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    @randal'thor This is the generic wording prepended to every off-topic description before the specific reason (or when the specific reason is a custom one), So it's so reminiscent to you because it is the exact generic wording every other off-topic closure gets put under anyway.
    – TARS
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 14:09
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    Hm... On Stack Overflow, you get wording largely identical to the proposed text (except "programming" instead of "science fiction or fantasy") if you choose "Other" in the close dialog. Does that not work on SFF?
    – Kevin
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 14:59
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    @Kevin It does, but this question is about not having to type a custom close reason in the general case.
    – TARS
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 15:55
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    @randal'thor that's the default close option, "Shown when no 2 off-topic reasons match on a closed question"
    – Kevin
    Commented Sep 16, 2015 at 15:59

2 Answers 2


Yes, I agree.

This dialogue should be added to the standard custom-close reasons. It seems sensible and fits in well with the site's existing policies.

  • I'm in favor of this, but the existing policies don't actually describe what science fiction/fantasy is, so I'm not sure it fits within the site's existing policies as is. Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 23:52
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    @Thunderforge - That was next on my list of "things to do"
    – Valorum
    Commented Sep 21, 2015 at 23:56

No, I disagree.

This dialogue should be used for something else, held in reserve for some other purpose, or simply not used at all.

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