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Choose standard off-topic closure reasons

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: off topic Questions on Mi Yodeya are ...
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Ridiculous questions

How are we supposed to treat questions that are, or would be considered by many, to be ridiculous, but which the poster apparently takes very seriously? I voted to close one such question as too ...
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Closing as duplicate of broader post

This seems incredibly obvious to me, but I've been challenged on this before on the site, so I just want to make a post and form a community policy through consensus. I think that if question B is ...
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A standard comment for new users asking psak questions

I wanted to suggest that we put forth a standard comment to put on psak questions asked by new users. The goal of the psak-close reason is, as I understand from various chat conversations, to instill ...
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What should we do with “does Judaism permit this random special case that I won't elaborate on” questions?

We've had some questions (not just lately, but recent events prompt the question) that are of the form: "does Judaism permit some very specific implausible thing that I don't provide motivation or ...
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What is our attitude to “list questions”?

There are a few questions on this site that are in the form of "List all ...". Are these questions on topic? Founders of Jewish movements Accurate list of Gedolim List of Techelet Wearers words ...
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Limited Purim Torah Questions

In response to Isaac Moses's last question here: This question was recently asked as a Purim torah question. I am sorely tempted to vote to close it as too localized. IMO the kinds of Purim torah ...
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How can we encourage posters to fix their questions?

Related/followup to this post. Many posts get closed for being unclear. In a previous discussion (above link) someone suggested that we are closing too many questions as unclear. In my answers there ...
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Should Q&A rules be lifted when a question implies that the asker is facing high Halachic or health stakes?

Sometimes we get questions that either indicate or suggest that the author is seeking advice regarding a matter of high Halachic or medical states, for example: Determining whether a particular ...
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“Do any poskim say” questions

Should questions which ask "do any poskim say such and such" or "are there any poskim who permit such and such" without specifying parameters of who qualifies as a posek be closed as either unclear ...
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Are questions about Samaritanism on-topic?

Are questions about Samaritanism, especially questions about Samaritan teachings or practices that differ from Rabbinic Judaism, on-topic? I was thinking about asking a question about why the ...
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Too many questions closed as “unclear what you're asking”

I think that the "unclear what you're asking" close reason is being overused for questions people dislike, or which don't explain themselves well, even when the question isn't unclear. Going through ...
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Should we have a close reason for immodest posts?

The current FAQ includes the line: Please respect that in the Jewish tradition certain questions, especially certain questions relating to sexuality, are discussed only in private. Such questions ...
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Are “what if I …” questions off-topic?

One of our off-topic closure reasons is a psak-oriented question. Questions in which a person clearly provides his or her personal situation, followed by a question, are clearly in this category. ...
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False Premises as a reason to VTC

Can "false premise" ever be used as a reason to close a question? I know it can inspire comments which ask the questioner to provide sources, but if the evidence shows that the underlying presumption ...
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What happened to 'too localized'?

Does the 'too localized' close reason still exist? I recently went to vote to close a question as too localized, but didn't see it.
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The scope of Comparative Religion

This question created a debate about the scope of comparative religion (or in that case, comparative ideology) questions, which can be found in the comments there. The issue seems to be as follows: ...