With recent changes to the closing system, we can now tailor the texts for custom close reasons to different audiences:
- One text that informs close flaggers, voters, and reviewers when the close reason should be used.
- One brief text that describes the close reason to everybody seeing the question. (It also gets shown in the two following cases.)
- One text to guide the author of a question with improving it, getting help elsewhere, or similar.
- One text to guide users with the close privilege how to improve the question or guide the asker.
I think this is great since we do not have to have a single text that works on all occasions anymore and have more room for tailored guidance and being more welcoming.
I worked together with the other moderators to make use of this system. One of the close reasons (“Can as well be answered by a dictionary, thesaurus, or conjugation table”) was a test balloon that went active a few days ago. The others went active just now. The changes retroactively apply to old questions closed with the respective predecessor close reason.
Why did you not ask us earlier?
The new texts should not contain any surprises; they reflect existing policy. Since there is more room and the texts are more targetted, there is little risk of the result being accidentally worse than the status quo. Also, it is rather difficult to grasp which text goes where without seeing the result in action; I got a few things wrong at first myself. I therefore considered it better to have you review the result in place, and suggest changes if necessary.
I’ll post one answer for each of our custom close reasons containing all the texts. Please use comments to suggest improvements and similar. Should any complex issues or disagreements arise, I will create separate questions as needed.