As a follow up to the Help Center post, and with a shiny round of mods just around the corner, we should probably be looking at custom close reasons to add into the closing/flagging views (at current, we can only define "other" due to having nothing there yet).
While we haven't been going for a particularly long time, we can still define these as such:

  • Taking closed, off-topic posts and using them as a basis for close reasons
  • Taking input from the off-topic close reason "Other"
  • Using what we defined in this post.
  • Your input - anything you find wouldn't fit into our question scope, but is likely to be asked.

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A common reason for close I've been seeing is the following:

Questions about site or resource recommendations are off-topic because they are largely opinionated and attract polling, opinion-based answers and spam. Ask a specific question, not a poll.

  • Feel free to edit away; it's community wiki.
    – Amelia
    Jul 24, 2013 at 12:15
  • Would that not go under the last two close reasons on the regular Close dialog?
    – Canadian Luke Mod
    Jul 27, 2013 at 23:34
  • @CanadianLuke yes, but I was thinking more along the lines of making it abundantly clear that it's not welcome here with a specific reason
    – Amelia
    Jul 28, 2013 at 0:54
  • Understood :) 
    – Canadian Luke Mod
    Jul 28, 2013 at 0:57
  • Just to bump this, this question, asked today, would fall under this close reason. Apr 1, 2015 at 14:44

Questions about Freelancing Website services for finding or using clients are off topic, as we are not the website's support channel. They have policies that dictate how they run. For more information, see [here](some-link).

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    We went ahead and added this in. Members of our community can now use this close reason to close support-related questions not applicable to freelancing problems.
    – jmort253
    Apr 19, 2014 at 16:33

Questions asking for or requesting work are considered off-topic, since we are a site to ask questions that freelancers face day-to-day. For more information, see [here](http://example.com)

Questions that would be off-topic for this reason:

  • I would try rewording this, actually, as there seems to be a rise in people assuming we're oDesk as of late and having a specific close reason for that would be pretty helpful.
    – Amelia
    Mar 30, 2015 at 16:19
  • I definitely agree, @Amelia! I know there's already a meta topic about it here, that should be worth investigating Mar 30, 2015 at 16:23

Questions asking us to recommend or find a Freelance Website service are considered off-topic as they may attract opinionated answers and spam. For more information, see here.

Question(s) that would be considered off-topic for this reason:

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