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The other day we got the question Python - Print the average of a list which is a value in a dictionary [on hold]. When I came across this question it was being closed for a custom close reason, I can't find it, but the comment they made is:

I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the point of this site is not to explain your code.

We have a close reason for this. If your question contains someone else's code… Where it says:

We also expect you to understand how your code works. If you are seeking an explanation of how your code works, then we will treat the question as if someone else wrote it.

This shows that the close reason is confusing. If two 15k+ users don't vote to close for that reason, then what are new users going to think? I know, we've asked this before, okay twice. And both times the community have said to do it. The second time it seemed to be declined in favour for: How should we revise the standard off-topic reasons, if we can have up to five? It makes sense, it probably should be two different reasons. But it got declined.

@JoeWallis Community Managers pushed back. We would have to build a stronger case if we wanted more than three.

Can we decide on how we can make this close reason less confusing?

I think we should remove "someone else's". But we may want to separate the two close reasons and re-ask for a fourth close reason.


If we want a fourth of fifth close reason we'd probably have to say why Robert Cartaino's answer doesn't work, or probably any of those answers.Info

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  • \$\begingroup\$ All right, I have to say seeing a duplicate marked by a diamond AND a gold badge made me chuckle. \$\endgroup\$ – Raystafarian May 5 '16 at 16:22

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