Currently, we have the following official reasons to close a question:

  • Duplicate

  • Off topic due to:

    • General Programming Question

    • No objective winning criterion

    • Belongs on another site

  • Unclear what you're asking.

  • Too broad

  • Primarily opinion based

However, there are other valid reasons to close a question, which are not in the close interface, due to space limitations or otherwise. I think it would be a good idea to make a list of such reasons here. These are things to look out for when considering closing a question, even though they're not common enough to warrant a custom entry.

Here are some such reasons:

Are there other important categories that we should keep in mind, even though they don't come up enough to have their own close vote entries?

  • \$\begingroup\$ "Not primarily about programming" can use a custom "Off topic" reason. There's no need to add such custom reasons to the interface unless the same one is being used quite frequently. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 6:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ Sorry, I wasn't clear. This question is a listing of commonly used custom "Off topic" reasons. \$\endgroup\$
    – isaacg
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 6:16
  • \$\begingroup\$ To find others, you could use a query similar to this, with variations on the keywords, etc. From my initial few searches, it doesn't seem to happen very often. \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 13:07
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    \$\begingroup\$ @Geobits while its still not linked, there is a 'question close stats' page accessible under tools for users with delete privileges: codegolf.stackexchange.com/tools/question-close-stats \$\endgroup\$
    – user12166
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 16:36
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MichaelT Thanks, I completely forgot about that page. \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 16:55

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As discussed on chat, when we started using custom "Off topic" reasons we lost the default one. But it would actually be useful. So I propose adding a custom off topic reason:

This question is off topic for this site, as defined in the Help Center.

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    \$\begingroup\$ It's hard for me to deliberately misspell centre like that, but I managed it. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 6:27
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    \$\begingroup\$ I guess I have to +1 this since I brought it up in chat, huh? Even if your spelling judgement is misguided... \$\endgroup\$
    – Geobits
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 15:23

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