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When flagging a question as Off Topic I have to hope the the moderator reviewing the flag spots the same problem I do. I'd like to be able to specify a reason for a question being off topic. This way we can point to specific areas of the FAQ to clarify my reasoning for flagging off topic.

Is there merit to this request?

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    Leave a comment that says what you think, then when I check out the question, I'll spot your comment and I may or may not agree with you – Ivo Flipse Jul 24 '12 at 15:15
  • Is that the official process or just how you like to do it? – VBwhatnow Jul 24 '12 at 15:16
  • Well there's no way to both flag for off-topic and send me a message. So leave a message for everyone to see (so I don't necessarily have to) and just use the boiler plate flag. – Ivo Flipse Jul 24 '12 at 15:17
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    or flag -> it needs ♦ moderator attention -> other -> enter your comment – Sathyajith Bhat Jul 24 '12 at 15:18
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    But if you post the comment on the question, then hopefully people will learn why their post is off-topic and if a moderator then comes by to close it, they don't have to post some boilerplate explanation – Ivo Flipse Jul 24 '12 at 15:49
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This way we can point to specific areas of the FAQ to clarify my reasoning for flagging off topic.

If your intent to make clear about reason why you're flagging/voting to close and ensure that the OP sees why you're voting to close, then it's best to leave a comment. Your flag message contents are confidential and visible only to Mods. Once you've left a comment, go by the usual, Flag -> It doesn't Belong here -> Off-topic route.

Otherwise, as mentioned the other route is flag -> it needs ♦ moderator attention -> other -> enter your comment - but in this case, you're telling this only to the Mod who's acting on this ( and other Mods who might investigate the question) instead of guiding the OP as to why he shouldn't be asking such a question

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