I'm not sure who is actually responsible for the 'reasons for closing' choices when voting to close so I don't know how to get it edited. One of the options is that it is off topic. But that reason does not actually link to https://academia.stackexchange.com/help/on-topic, the only link is to a meta discussion about undergraduate being within scope in certain situations. As well as voting to close, I left a comment that the content of research is off topic and included the link, but that sort of thing should happen automatically.


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This seems like a good idea to me. Let's wait a little while to make sure there is a consensus, and then we'll make the change.

To be clear, the current close reason in question in this: close reason We can turn "outside our community's scope" into a hyperlink to the help center.

Note, this would only change what the close-voter sees when they are voting to close. The question-asker is already provided with a post notice that includes a link to the document in question: blah

Higher-rep users are given a different close notice, but this also includes the link: enter image description here

Edit 22 July 2020: This is done.

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    If I had realised the OP gets a link to the relevant help once there are enough votes, then I wouldn't have left the comment on the question that triggered me to ask about this. But I would still find it useful to have the link in the vote closing text because I had to hunt it down to check the wording of the 'content of research' bit.
    – JenB
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 12:39
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    This will put us four characters over the limit – Not necessarily. [clearly outside our community’s scope](/help/on-topic) should work and that’s within the character limit.
    – Wrzlprmft Mod
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 21:28
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    I had no idea you could reference "local paths" like that! Awesome.
    – cag51 Mod
    Commented Jul 17, 2020 at 21:57

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