The following is extracted from the question close stats (10 k only).
In the last three months:
- the undergraduate close reason¹ was used 18 times (that’s only about 3 % of all closures).
- 84 questions were closed with a custom close reason (i.e., typed by the close voter). This includes:
- 21 close reasons that indicate that the question is about the subject of an academic discipline and not about academia itself
- at least 39 instances of blanket close reasons like: “This is not about academia.”
Let’s replace the undergraduate close reason¹ with a more general out of scope reason. Instead of the standard phrasing for such a close reason², the latter shall also explicitly mention common cases and provide helpful links (as possible within the 400 available characters), for example:
- questions about the subject of an academic discipline,
- questions about non-academic education,
- questions specific to undergraduate students.
The detailed phrasing shall be addressed in answers to this question.
Note that we have only three slots for custom close reasons available. As all of these are currently used, introducing a new close reason requires abolishing an existing one.
Does this mean a change of our scope?
Canned close reasons mostly exist to streamline close voting and to leave helpful information for the asker. They do not define our scope. Should this proposal be accepted, the kind of undergraduate questions that is off-topic now will still be off-topic – close voters may just have to type this reason themselves.
¹ which is as follows:
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?
² which would be:
This question does not appear to be about academia, within the scope defined in the help center.