It's been a little over two weeks since our latest discussion about swapping out one of our 4 off-topic closure templates with one dedicated to modded Minecraft troubleshooting/crashing. For those that missed it: Should we replace one of our close reasons with modded Minecraft tech support?.
There's a lot of valid points raised on that meta, but judging by the votes it seems that most community members are in favor of updating the close templates in some way to better match the more common use cases.
Regarding the concerns some raised about having a whole close reason template tied to a single game's problem - we hear you on that, however, the usage doesn't lie. I put together the following graph based on the off-topic close reasons used in the past 90 days*:
Our community members are spending more time typing custom Minecraft close reasons than any of our templated off-topic reasons combined. It's obvious that this is a particular pain point for reviewers, and has come up time and time again over the years without progress or result. So what now? Well...
Let's just try it out
It is trivial to change these close reasons, and even more trivial to change them back. So based on the support on the most recent meta, we'll replace the 'Unreleased or Illegal' close reason with a dedicated Modded Minecraft Tech support one - for say, 3 months - which will give us the same 90-day window as the above stats. We can then re-convene to review and see if it's worth changing the close reason back. The mod team feels this would be a fair compromise between those which have been barracking for this change for years, and those which disagree for one reason or another. What do you think?
It's also worth noting that this would be a quality-of-life change only, to make it easier for our reviewers, and to provide the best resources for those that have their questions closed. Our 4 template close reasons are not our off-topic policies, and vice versa. The Help Center lists out all of our off-topic reasons - they all apply at all times, even if there isn't a close reason template to pick from.
Here's an example close reason we're leaning towards, but if you have a better suggestion, please post it as an answer below. Remember, the limit is 400 characters (including links), which is less than a comment, so make those characters count!:
Requests for technical support of modded Minecraft are off-topic. This includes crashes, errors or other undesired behavior caused by modding. For other places that accept such questions, please see Where can I ask troubleshooting questions about modded Minecraft?
Requests for **technical support of modded Minecraft** are off-topic. This includes crashes, errors or other undesired behavior caused by modding. For other places that accept such questions, please see [Where can I ask troubleshooting questions about modded Minecraft?](//meta.arqade.com/q/13559)
* Here's the full stat breakdown, including other standard close reasons such as Too Broad etc