# Should we retire the "data set request" closure reason?

Our community has 3 custom closure options (self-study, either not stats or about software, data set requests), plus two immutable closure options (migration, other/leave a comment).

Users with more than 10k rep can view how often the closure reasons are used during the previous 90 days via this query: https://stats.stackexchange.com/tools/question-close-stats?daterange=last90days

The "data sets" option is the least-used option. Even the option which prompts the user to write a comment is used more often than the "data sets" option.

Please note that adding an additional closure reason is not an option available to us at this time. A previous effort to add a fourth custom closure reason was declined. Moreover, in explaining why it was declined, Catija (an SE representative) explained that the relative disuse of the "data set requests" was a part of the reason.

Removing a vote-to-close reason doesn't change what's on- or off-topic on this site, it just changes the menu options when a person opens the VTC dialogue. A user can still select "this is not about statistics as described in the [help]," or they could select "other - add comment" and paste the text of the current "data set request" option. The menu of options is just a matter of convenience, so that reviewers have ready-made closure reasons for the most common varieties of off-topic questions.

Since the "data set request" option is so rarely used, should we retire it? Doing so would free a slot for a custom option which could be more useful.

• Does that mean that requests for datasets would be on-topic from now on? Presumably not. Would we need to add "requests for specific datasets are off-topic" to the general "off-topic" notice, with a link to OpenData.SE? Can we do that, or are we limited in terms of characters in that closure reason? Feb 27 at 16:37
• @StephanKolassa Removing a vote-to-close reason doesn't change what's on- or off-topic on this site, it just changes the menu options when a person opens the VTC dialogue. A user can still select "this is not about statistics as described in the help center," or they could select "other - add comment" and paste the text of the current "data set request" option.
– Sycorax Mod
Feb 27 at 16:55
• So do you propose to remove one particular option and stop there or to replace it with another option (and if so, what/which)? Feb 27 at 21:22
• @Richard Hardy: When this is decided surely there will come a discussion of how to use the liberated spot ... Feb 27 at 21:47
• @RichardHardy It’s a discussion we’ll have on meta, but speaking for myself, I feel that the best option would be to split the EITHER/OR closure reason into two distinct reasons.
– Sycorax Mod
Feb 27 at 22:10

• I think you're right about migration targets -- my recollection is that we're capped at a certain number $k$, and the migration targets in use now are the most frequent destinations for migrated posts. I'm not even sure that od.SE would be the next-highest migration destination; another site might be the $k+1$th-most-used site.