I was trying to flag this question as off topic. Recall the Help Center says
However, please do not ask questions about
- Undergraduate-specific issues that could not apply to graduate or post-graduate academicians
- Suggestions or recommendations for a university, journal, or research topic (a "shopping question")
- Preparation for a non-academic career ("What graduate degree will help me get a job as X?")
- The content of your research, rather than the process of doing research
and this particular question (at least the main question in this post) is about the 3rd point. Here are the options to select for flagging something as off topic:
- Questions that cannot be generalized to apply to others in similar situations are off-topic. For assistance in writing questions that can apply to multiple people facing similar situations, see: What kinds of questions are too localized?
- Questions about problems facing undergraduate students are off-topic unless they can also apply to graduate or post-graduate academicians as described in What topics can I ask about here?
- This question appears to be off-topic because it seems to seek specific advice for a very specific situation, and it's likely that only someone with a good understanding of your situation will be able to provide an objectively correct answer.
- Blatantly off-topic (this question has nothing to do with academics)
- This question belongs on another site in the Stack Exchange network
I didn't feel that any of these options really get to the heart of why it seems to be inappropriate. (If I'm wrong, please let me know which one does, and why.) Is there a reason they don't quite line up with the off-topic topics listed in the Help Center? If not, is this something we can address by adding more options (I have some vague impression that we have a limited number of reasons we can list, but I don't know if this is true or what the limit would be)?