As part of the recent renovation of the Closing system, closing a question as off-topic is now improved in that we can specify exactly why it's off-topic in the close reason itself rather than needing to add a comment.
In many cases our default close reason can apply to any scenario, including most questions which are blatantly off-topic:
- This question does not appear to be about Islam, within the scope defined in the help center.
We also have at our disposal a selection of specific reasons (maximum of three); they aren't intended to list every possible "off-topic" reason, they're predominantly for those topics that may, on their surface, appear to fit on this site but which do not for whatever reason.
As of this post, the following two reasons are defined:
- Questions on Islamic or Arabic culture unrelated to the beliefs and practices of Islam are off-topic here. See: Islam SE: Not an Muslim Peer Support Group
- Questions on politics are off-topic as they're rarely productive or relevant to the beliefs and practices of Islam.
The default and all three specific reasons are site-configurable. Are the ones we currently have sufficient? Do we want to improve on these, or add another one?
Update: Since this post was written, a third off-topic reason has been added:
- Questions regarding the Arabic language itself, except how they're clearly relevant to the study of Islam, are off-topic: Should we allow questions regarding the Arabic language?