I have some concerns about the current wording of our "self-help" close reason.
The current wording is thus:
Questions about the behavior of an individual person are off-topic. If you are concerned about a potential medical issue, please seek the advice of a medical professional. For more information, see Why was my self-help question closed as off-topic?.
Looking at some of the questions closed as "self-help", there seems to be a bit of confusion among users about what this means (here, for a recent example). Authors of questions that are clearly about the behavior of an individual object because their question is not "self-help" or about the "behavior of an individual", even though it is clearly about an isolated case (in the example, about an isolated case of verbiage).
Are there thoughts on how we can clarify this message more for users? I'm specifically thinking of two issues:
- This close reason is used pretty often for non-medical questions (though it is also used for questions regarding diagnosis as well). Is there any way we can add or clarify text so that the reason clearly applies to both cases?
- Users seem confused when their question is closed on "the behavior of an individual" when they are describing their own thoughts of multiple people. Is there any clever and concise way we can speak to this in the message? Perhaps something like "... of an individual person (including the author) are off-topic"?