The Stack Exchange sites like Signal Processing allow for three custom (and one default) off-topic reason.

The default is:

Generic Off Topic

and our currently-used two custom ones are:

General Programming


Working to a spec

There is currently an unapproved one relating to homework questions:

Homework reason

My question is: should we (the mods) approve this third custom option? Or is there a better/more frequent custom off-topic reason?

Mods: The page to do this is here. Non-mods will get a Page Not Found error.


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I'd say the reason is common enough, but the text could use some streamlining. Maybe something like the following:

This question appears to be homework. Complete answers to homework are off-topic, but specific questions about homework are acceptable if they include enough detail. Please edit the question to include more background about what you don't understand.

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    $\begingroup$ Sounds good! I've updated the custom answer to say that. If you (or @jojek) are happy with it, can you please approve it? In needs more than one mod to make a change like this. $\endgroup$
    – Peter K. Mod
    Commented Jan 11, 2019 at 13:13

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