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When voting to close, the close reason reads

Use this close reason for question asking for help identifying an artist, song, genre, etc. While these questions have been allowed in the past, they are currently off topic. More detail about why these questions are off topic can be found on meta. [emphasis mine]

But the guidance that appears with the closed post reads

This question was closed because it is about identifying an artist, song, or genre of music, which is considered off topic It is not currently accepting answers. [emphasis mine]

The absence of "etc" in the closed post guidance can lead to confusion. The guidance should, at minimum, be changed to better match the close vote reason in that regard.

This question was closed because it is about identifying an artist, song, genre, etc. of music, which is considered off topic It is not currently accepting answers. [emphasis mine]

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    Changed this to a discussion for now. While I agree with this change, we should make sure all the edits we need are discussed beforehand since only a CM can edit a current reason.
    – Dom Mod
    Sep 19, 2022 at 4:09
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    @Dom what precisely needs to be discussed here?
    – user11110
    Sep 19, 2022 at 5:08
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    @Namaskaram the exact wording of the close reason. A CM is needed every time so let's try to get all the edits out now.
    – Dom Mod
    Sep 19, 2022 at 14:03
  • @Dom Is this only regarding the "needs improvement → A community specific reason → Identification question" close reason? There is one more community-specific close reason for questions that might be better suited to Music SE and another generic one called "Blatantly off-topic".
    – user11110
    Sep 22, 2022 at 15:33
  • @Namaskaram this specific question yes. If you want to change the others (Blatantly off-topic is not really a close reason more of a place holder) it should be separate.
    – Dom Mod
    Sep 22, 2022 at 15:37
  • @Dom Okay. There are apparently five pieces of information that can be edited, is that right? I saw that this is so on SFF Meta for adding a new custom close reason: New custom close reason: Future Works. Is that the same for our "Identification question" close reason? Because I don't know if it's already a "custom" one…
    – user11110
    Sep 22, 2022 at 15:44
  • @Dom Any update?
    – user11110
    Sep 26, 2022 at 13:08
  • @Namaskaram yes. All new close reasons have to be in that format.
    – Dom Mod
    Sep 26, 2022 at 15:02

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There are five pieces of text that need to be customized: two that appear in the close/flag dialog, and three that appear in the post notice after closure.

  • The brief description is the part in bold in the flag/close dialog.
  • The usage guidance is the explanatory text that follows the brief description.
  • The close description is shown at the top of the close notice to everyone.
  • The post owner guidance is visible only to the OP in the close notice.
  • The public guidance is visible to everyone else in the close notice.

The brief description needs to be at least 10 characters long and at most 100 characters long; the others need to be at most 500 characters long.


Here is the generic information on each of the five pieces of text, along with sample text:

Close/Flag dialog

  • Brief description

    Briefly describe why the question is being closed

    Not reproducible or was caused by a typo

  • Usage guidance

    Give the user guidance as to when they should select this option

    While similar questions may be [on-topic] here, this question was resolved in a way less likely to help future readers.

Post notices

  • Close description

    When a post is closed with a single community-specific close reason, this message will be displayed publicly above any private guidance.

    This question is [not reproducible or was caused by typos](/help/closed-questions). It is not currently accepting answers.

  • Post owner guidance

    Provide meaningful actions a user can take to either get their question reopened or have a more favorable outcome in the future.

    Update the question so others can reproduce the problem. You can [edit the question](edit) or [post a new question](ask).

  • Public guidance

    Explain why this question was closed and guide users to offer specific recommendations for how the asker might improve the question if appropriate.

    Respond constructively to any followup questions by the post owner and reopen the question if it becomes reproducible.


Here are the currently used texts for the identification question close reason:

  • Brief description

    Identification question

  • Usage guidance

    Use this close reason for question asking for help identifying an artist, song, genre, etc. While these questions have been allowed in the past, they are currently off topic. More detail about why these questions are off topic can be found [on meta](https://musicfans.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/715/the-identify-question-question-time-for-a-trial-separation).

  • Close description

    This question was closed because it is about identifying an artist, song, or genre of music, which is considered off topic It is not currently accepting answers.

  • Post owner guidance

    This question is an identification which is deemed out of scope for the site. You may still be able to get help in our informal [Music Fans Chat](https://chat.stackexchange.com/) though. If this is not an identification question, please edit the question to make it clear using the button below. For more information about what types of questions are welcome here, please see the [Help center](/help).

  • Public guidance

    Questions asking for music identification have been determined to be out of scope for the site as explained in [this meta discussion](https://musicfans.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/715/the-identify-question-question-time-for-a-trial-separation). Questions like this may be asked in [Music Fans Chat](https://chat.stackexchange.com/). If this is not an identification question, please help the user edit their question to make it clearer.

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  • I'm not sure what links are presently used in the post owner guidance. Someone else will have to confirm, or edit if needed. I guess suggestions for improvement can be taken under the comments here, or else made in a separate answer, whichever is convenient.
    – user11110
    Sep 26, 2022 at 20:39

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