We need an option for closing questions that simply states: ASK YOUR ADVISOR.

The one that states that it involves individual institutions rules/customs is close. I know we're limited in closing options so we may not have this type of flexibility.

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    What problem would having that close reason really solve?
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 21:25
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    An academia equivalent of RTFM. I like the idea!
    – Cape Code
    Commented Sep 30, 2016 at 9:20

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If a question really is so situation-specific that it can only be answered by the OP's advisor, we already have a closing reason that applies:

The answer to this question strongly depends on individual factors such as a certain person’s preferences, a given institution’s regulations, the exact contents of your work or your personal values. Thus only someone familiar can answer this question and it cannot be generalised to apply to others.

I don't really see why we need another close reason for this.

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    It's very broad. A lot of the issues we see could be simply resolved by better communication.
    – RoboKaren
    Commented Sep 28, 2016 at 22:42
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    @RoboKaren: You can only fit so much information into a close reason, which is why I proposed a FAQ to be linked there.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Sep 29, 2016 at 7:22

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