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In some cases, I see a newly extended off-topic post notice:

closed as off-topic by OneUser, TwoUsers, ThreeUsers, FourUsers, FiveUsers

This question appears to be off-topic for this site. While what's on- and off-topic is not always intuitive, you can learn more about it by reading the help center. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question is not about computer hardware or software, within the scope defined in the help center." - OneUser, TwoUsers, ThreeUsers, FourUsers, FiveUsers

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit your question or leave a comment.

However, in others, I see the original one since the closing overhaul:

closed as off-topic by OneUser, TwoUsers, ThreeUsers, FourUsers, FiveUsers

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "This question is not about computer hardware or software, within the scope defined in the help center." - OneUser, TwoUsers, ThreeUsers, FourUsers, FiveUsers

If this question can be reworded to fit the rules in the help center, please edit your question or leave a comment.

In what cases is each one used?

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You see the more elaborate message when looking at your own questions. The intent here is to provide a little bit more context for the person who asked the question, in hope that it might help them to be more receptive to the specific off-topic reason that follows. There was some concern when the system was being designed that folks would fail to understand what "off-topic" meant, so this additional passage attempts to explain it.

  • This seems more plausible. – gparyani Jan 15 '14 at 19:03
  • But why do I not see it when I am looking at someone else's question? – gparyani Jan 15 '14 at 19:11
  • Because it's noisy and presumably less important when it's not your own question. – Shog9 Jan 15 '14 at 20:34
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I see different reasons from what you mention

Surface display screen stops working after leaving cover on for a long time has

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions about bugs in pre-release/beta software or prototype hardware are off-topic. Bugs in pre-release products are common and even expected, and are often fixed before the final version is released — at which point the question becomes obsolete. Consider reporting these types of problems directly to the product manufacturer." –

while

What Windows should I upgrade to on our small office network now that Windows XP has reached the end of its supported lifecycle? has

This question appears to be off-topic. The users who voted to close gave this specific reason:

  • "Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they become outdated quickly and attract opinion-based answers. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve. Share your research. Here are a few suggestions on how to properly ask this type of question

both were closed with different off-topic reasons

and hence the different explanations were shown. The reason for "bugs in pre-release/beta software or prototype hardware" were withdrawn because we have a limited number of reason slots and this wasn't being used.

If the last reason is shown, then you'll get a generic "This question appears to be off-topic" reason, with the actual reason mentioned in the comment

  • Um, no. The "This question is not about..." reasons were just examples. On the first question, I see the longer message. I'm not sure why you see the shorter message. Can you email a developer and see what the correct answer is? – gparyani Jan 15 '14 at 7:27
  • I mean, I can tell you a set of questions that have the same off-topic close reasons but different closure intros. – gparyani Jan 15 '14 at 7:28
  • I don't see the longer message, either when logged in or incognito. Can you add a screenshot? I don't have access to developers' email addresses and even if I did, I wouldn't email them over this or anything for that matter. The community managers, would probably add a word or two about this. – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 15 '14 at 7:33
  • A community manager answered this now. – gparyani Jan 15 '14 at 19:04

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