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General outline / category list of things we could / should have: Shopping questions Localized troubleshooting questions (by contrast, canonical troubleshooting questions should not be closed) Questions about imminent future/speculative product releases that are not yet officially released (this does not include official public releases of beta or release ...


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I like this, as I do feel the current single reason covers too many different cases. That being said, I think it might be worth grouping software and hardware together, as those are the two things I think of as "concrete" products. Furthermore, it's usually pretty easy to tell from the question which one we're dealing with (and thus, why the question was ...


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I like everything but the phrase 'too localized'. First, it's incorrect - 'too localized' doesn't mean what we thought it did, localization refers to adaptation for a specific locale. Second, there's a lot of ambiguity around the term. Flat out saying "Relevant only to the question author, at the time that they asked" is a much better way of putting it. ...


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If the community sees fit to do so, we can create a custom close reason for questions about bugs for pre-release software. I don't personally think it makes sense to close all questions that are at all related to pre-release software, but I do think that questions specifically about bugs/errors/hardware incompatibilities with pre-release software don't do ...


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The idea behind this is that if you're giving a custom reason, then the user should be aware of why their question is being closed. This is intentional and by-design.


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Note: as of today (June 25th), the new close reasons are live. Moderators can edit the close reasons, although we will only do so with community input*. The current custom off-topic reasons are: Questions seeking product, service, or learning material recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe ...


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From some of the examples linked to in the original post, and with some ideas from the Help Center article on on-topic questions, I tried to cover all the bullet points that Super User is not about. Note that some of the following reasons might overlap with migrating some questions, but my train of thought is that these reasons can be used for questions ...


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This is now live. Use this option when… a question is clearly out of scope (e.g. about a web app), and it is too bad to be migrated to another site, or there is no target site for this question Being more specific never hurts though, so if you choose Other… and fill out a custom reason, that's fine as well. As for the one slot we can fill, we'll take ...


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I'd argue that this isn't what we have done so far - we've used preview tags in the past, with the view of using these tags as a deletion target. We can always retag questions still relevant with newer versions. This close reason might be more useful after the beta period ends.


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Since the pre-release / beta software option wasn't used a lot, we activated two new reasons to replace the previously combined software / hardware recommendation option: Questions seeking for hardware shopping recommendations are off-topic because they are often relevant only to the question author at the time the question was asked and tend to become ...


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