As discussed in this meta.SE post, the community needs to decide on a set of reasons that can be used to close questions that are off-topic. These can be adjusted or changed in the future, but already we are seeing patterns in the types of questions that need to be closed and it would be nice to establish some close reasons that reflect boundaries the community agrees on.
At a bare minimum, off-topic reasons should identify a specific topic considered inappropriate. If you're struggling to be specific, find an example of a question that is off-topic and discuss the factors that make it inappropriate for the site.
Whenever possible, try to explain why a given topic is not allowed - this is your chance to answer the inevitable question once rather than repeating it every time a question must be closed.
Provide resources that will aid askers in solving their problems: either instructions for asking the question in a more suitable fashion, links to a different site where the question may be considered on-topic.
Be as concise as possible. Save lengthy explanations and examples for meta FAQs that can be discussed and refined over time, and then include links to these in the off-topic reasons. Don't depend on anyone following these links though; keep critical information and guidance in the reason text itself.
I have proposed two close reasons below. Please:
- Add additional answers including other close reasons.
- Vote for the close reasons you think are appropriate and accurately reflect the scope of the site.
- Comment on reasons that you think are basically appropriate but need an adjustment in wording.