With the recent change to the Close system we have some more control over what some of our messages say.

We are now allowed to craft our own custom close messages, up to 3. This question is intended to act as a mechanism for gathering proposals and determining which ones the community likes the best, and hates the most. Please post your proposals as answers and vote on the others as you see fit.

  • Related: How can I search for custom off-topic close reasons? (unfortunately, there is currently no way) Aug 26, 2013 at 12:38
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    "This post seems to be an announcement of a sporting event." Aug 29, 2013 at 7:16
  • @DeerHunter: I wonder if we should have a related post with AutoReviewComments responses. "I like where this is going, but there are some flaws in implementation." "This post makes no damn sense." "This is a terrible idea. Clearly your mother dropped you as a child."
    – Scott Pack
    Aug 29, 2013 at 12:46
  • A few notes: Try to use bold formatting and link to a meta post in each final close reason. If you look at ours on Physics, they all have this. If there isn't a meta post, make one! :) Sep 4, 2013 at 14:21

6 Answers 6


Pre-filled Option 1:

Questions asking us to break the security of a specific system for you are off-topic unless they demonstrate an understanding of the concepts involved and clearly identify a specific problem.

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    And we forwarded your question to the NSA for analysis, they were not pleased.
    – this.josh
    Aug 28, 2013 at 6:20

Pre-filled Option 2:

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

  • Or ask about what attributes a good solution might contain.
    – this.josh
    Aug 28, 2013 at 6:25

"Default" Off-Topic Close Reason (Shown when no 2 off-topic reasons match on a closed question.)

(However, you cannot explicitly select this reason, strangely enough?? )

This question does not appear to be about Information Security within the scope defined in the help center.

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    Yeah, doesn't make sense to me either. meta.stackexchange.com/questions/185088/… Aug 26, 2013 at 14:34
  • I think that's what the "enter your own comment" OT reason is for
    – tylerl
    Aug 27, 2013 at 21:34
  • You can't explicitly select this if you have three or more custom close reasons defined. Strange... Sep 4, 2013 at 3:47
  • @MichaelHampton so if we only define two, we will have that default back?
    – AviD Mod
    Sep 4, 2013 at 7:49
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    Yes, though I think I'd rather pester the developers until they leave the default present no matter how many close reasons are defined. Sep 4, 2013 at 7:52

This question is a request for legal advice, which is not within the scope of this site. While general discussions of laws are appropriate within the context of IT security, you should always consult a lawyer instead of the Internet when accuracy is important.


We need at least the ability to migrate some things to Serverfault and maybe even Crypto. Currently I feel that some questions are just too complex to migrate over to Super User (like the recent question about configuring a Cisco ASA).

I also feel that some crypto questions we get on here are not really off-topic, however they do fit a lot better on Crypto rather than on Security.SE.

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    Migration to Crypto will happen when the site graduates. Migration to SF wasn't justified by the numbers last time round. meta.security.stackexchange.com/questions/1106/… Aug 26, 2013 at 14:31
  • What's the correct way to do it then? Flag it for moderation attention and add a comment to say it would be better on SF? Aug 26, 2013 at 14:33
  • Yes, flag for migration if you're sure it would fit on SF. Moderators can migrate any question to any site, except that questions that are older than 60 days cannot be migrated at all. Aug 26, 2013 at 14:35

Pre-filled Option 3:

Questions about general computing hardware and software are off-topic here, but can be asked on Super User.


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