Today I tried to flag a question as off-topic, because it has nothing to do with academia. The three options given to me for the reason for this were,
- cannot be generalized to apply to others in similar situations
- about problems facing undergraduate students
- belongs on another SE site
These are three very specific reasons that do not cover a wide swathe of other possibilities. This question, which may superficially appear as a dupe (but is not a dupe), shows a fourth option being offered: "Other". However, I do not see the "other" option.
I suspect that "Other" is shown in the vote-to-close dialog, but not in the Flag one (but I can't confirm this as I can't vote to close on this site). Hence, effectively, "Other" is only available to those with certain rep.
Is this discrepancy deliberate? Without an "Other" option for those without vote-to-close rep, it is very difficult to provide a helpful flag for an off-topic post.
Following comments: The exact steps taken:
- Click "Flag"
- Click "It should be closed for another reason"
- Click "off-topic because..."
- See the screen shown below:
It sounds as though perhaps the "Other" option is only shown to people with enough rep to vote to close, which is why most people on Meta are unable to replicate :-)