Not sure, whether this should be MVP, but I wanted to make a proposal from the Discord server again here:
In the current closure system on SE there is a list of five top level closure reasons (duplicate, off topic, too broad, unclear what you’re asking, primarily opinion based) of which only one can be shown on the post.
This leads to two problems:
- A lot of close-worthy posts have multiple problems which are not all shown.
- Some sites need custom close reasons. This is currently solved by allowing mods to define up to 3 custom reasons (more on some sites) under the off topic category, although that is not always the best label for them.
Instead of having a list of predefined close reasons, there is a list of possible “problems with this post” that can be customized in the site settings. When closing a post, one can choose either as many as needed or up to a specific number (e.g. 3) of these items. All of them are shown in the closure notice. It should probably be possible to provide up to one custom reason.
This would probably require duplicate closure to be a bit different, maybe even independent system (so a post can be closed and marked as duplicate), as duplicates are often not “posts with problem” only because they are duplicates (aka duplicates are good to redirect to the proper post).
What’s your opinion? Should this be MVP? If you like this idea, what default reasons should we provide?