See: What do site moderators need to do to support the new custom question close reasons?

Today we have one in active use:

Questions seeking product or service recommendations are off-topic because they tend to become obsolete quickly. Instead, describe your situation and the specific problem you're trying to solve.

Are there others that make sense? We used to have one about Videography, but this has been deactivated.

I ask because of this: Why is there no general off-topic flag?

  • Is it possible to have a "off topic" with custom reason? Sep 25, 2013 at 18:22
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    No, not that I know of. This is intended to be frequently encountered reasons.
    – Joanne C
    Sep 25, 2013 at 18:34
  • Was the off-topic reason about videography banned by SE for some reason, or could we put it back?
    – mattdm
    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:29
  • @mattdm - Not that I know of... I can turn it back on.
    – Joanne C
    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:34
  • That would make me happy. :) See suggested text below....
    – mattdm
    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:34
  • I would also like to see something like "and are often more dependent on personal preference than objective expert knowledge" added to the "obsolete quickly" note in the product recommendation close reason....
    – mattdm
    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:37
  • Oddly enough, you can't modify the reason after the fact... So, I created a new video one matching your model (as it is the recommended structure), but putting one up requires two moderators to do. I guess they want two fingers on the big red button... :)
    – Joanne C
    Oct 31, 2013 at 12:40
  • I hope you fixed my missing word "is". :)
    – mattdm
    Oct 31, 2013 at 14:57
  • Yep. Appears that I can still edit until it's gone live.
    – Joanne C
    Oct 31, 2013 at 15:00

2 Answers 2


I'd like to have

This question is about video in a context that is not likely to be relevant to still photography.


I feel the need for a "off-topic" with custom reason, but if that's not an option just a generic "off-topic", without a specific reason.

  • That is an option for close votes, just not for flagging. You'll have 3000 rep very soon now, so that will be available to you.
    – mattdm
    Oct 16, 2013 at 17:52
  • "Very soon" in my case might still be 6+ months (we're picking up our puppy tomorrow), and I can't be the only one using that kind of flag? ;-) Oct 16, 2013 at 18:45
  • The moderators are generally reluctant to cast off-topic votes, because those votes count as authoritative and close the question immediately. I don't know if flagging as off-topic puts the question in the close-vote review queue for non-mods at all -- I think it doesn't.
    – mattdm
    Oct 16, 2013 at 19:49

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