This question is probably a duplicate, but since I was unable to find one, here it goes.

On any other Stack Exchange site that I use, if you click the Close link under a question and then you choose A community-specific reason, the first option that you get is that the question is not within the scope of that site. In our case, that would mean that the question is not TeX-related. However, our first option is that the problem is not reproducible or that it is due to a typographical error. And there isn't the option of closing for not being within the scope of our site. Of course, an user can always choose the Other - add a comment option (and many do), but why isn't it part of the canned options?

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We had a discussion about close reasons here: Text for 'off-topic' closure. It seems that it wasn't completely discussed and finished.

I activated an off-topic text, that was already prepared:

This question does not fall within the scope of TeX-LaTeX Stack Exchange as defined in the help center. These reasons may include the use of out of date packages/distributions, bug reports or simple typing errors. The comments on the question should describe the main reason.

It appears within the community specific close reasons, as off-topic is community specific.

  • It was discussed also more recently on tex.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/8633/…. The text suggested there (which was the same as the wording prior to last year's updates) was This question does not fall within the scope of TeX, LaTeX or related typesetting systems as defined in the help center. I prefer that version because it is more general and allows for more specific information to be presented in the help center. The wording in the answer above is only a subset of [...]
    – Marijn
    Sep 12, 2021 at 20:07
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    [...] reasons for being off-topic, notably excluding the reason that a question is not about LaTeX or similar. There are many off-topic questions asking about mathematical notation conventions, font identification, MathJax, etc. I would like the off-topic close reason to include such cases, which may be easiest by not mentioning specific possible reasons at all and using the help center for further information.
    – Marijn
    Sep 12, 2021 at 20:15

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