David recently brought up again on chat the matter of our site's custom off topic messages. This has been discussed a number of times before here on meta, but got lost to time, and nothing fruitful ever came of it.
- New off topic close reason
- What should our custom off-topic close reasons be?
- Custom off-topic close reasons: 2014 in review
The gist of it being that we only get three custom close images per site, we are currently only making use of two of them and should benefit from third one.
This time I plan to see it through and add myself the new message we agree on, with the approval of all mods.
Since the number of messages is limited we should use them wisely, and choose a well though out option. It is also a process that requires approval from several moderators.
According to statistics "blatantly off topic" seems to be the most commonly used custom message, something along the lines of.
I’m voting to close this question because it is not about using Blender.
For questions that are completely off topic and not at all about Blender itself. Like say about game engines, about other FOSS like Inkscape, or about kitchen appliances.
With this in mind what would be your suggestions for our third custom close message?
Should it be something more broad and encompassing that can be used for a broader range of closed questions, making the life of reviewers easier at the expense of a less clear message for the OP?
Or should it be something shorter and concise, for more specific cases. Should it include useful links directing the OP to where he these can be asked for most common off topic cases?
Feel free to use the answers below to suggest your preferred custom close messages.
These are the fields we have available when creating a new message:
For current site moderators you can edit site custom close messages from https://blender.stackexchange.com/admin/flags/site-specific-close-reasons accessible through the "mod diamond" menu at the top > Dashboard > Links tab at the top > Data Alteration Pages > Manage community-specific close reasons. Other users will probably see an error page.