As described more fully in a very informative post on
meta.stackexchange.com, which I recommend you check out, we're going to lose these two closure reasons:
Questions on Mi Yodeya are expected to relate to Judaism within the scope defined in the FAQ. Consider editing the question or leaving comments for improvement if you believe the question can be reworded to fit within the scope. Read more about closed questions here.
This question is unlikely to help any future visitors; it is only relevant to a small geographic area, a specific moment in time, or an extraordinarily narrow situation that is not generally applicable to the worldwide audience of the internet. For help making this question more broadly applicable, see the FAQ.
In their place, we'll have an "off-topic" closure reason with customization. That is, if a user votes to close a question as "off topic", he will need to choose among some standard explanations of why the question is off-topic, or write one himself.
As described in a different
meta.stackexchange.com post, the three site moderators are supposed to determine the most common closure reasons used on Mi Yodeya and present them to you all so you can choose three. Those three will be the default, standard explanations of a vote to close; again, anyone voting to close can supply a handwritten one instead.
Note that we may actually have four standard closure reasons rather than three. Stay tuned.
So the moderators have convened and, because we are three Jews, we have come up with four closure explanations. These are listed below as answers. (Update: After a discussion in comments and the chat room, there are now only three answers below.) Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is:
- Please improve those closure explanations' wording by editing the answers below.
- Please upvote or downvote them depending on whether you think they should be standard, default explanations: if we have only three standard explanations, but four answers below, one will not make the cut. Please vote based on the general reason, not the exact wording, which is subject to change. Please upvote any you think we should have, even more than three; community support for four explanations may help us have four.
- Feel free to propose your own answers. (Note, though, that the moderators have fasted for three nights and days, and consulted site data, before choosing these closure reasons.) Note that the site will still have closure reasons for questions that are too broad, unclear, or seeking opinions, so don't propose those.
This feature went live with the following default reasons (supplied by SE):
Purim Torah questions are on-topic only once a year, and will be closed after Purim. For details, see: Purim Torah policy
Questions on the Hebrew language are off-topic here except as they relate to Jewish law and tradition. See: English site for Hebrew language questions
Comparative religion questions are off-topic here unless they specifically request the Jewish perspective on a given topic. See: comparative religion questions
Questions asking for a practical ruling (p'sak halacha) are off-topic. For practical advice consult your rabbi. Try to broaden the question so it applies to a wider audience, such as by asking what sources are applicable to the question. (More information.)