By far the largest type of question we get that leads to closes is translation requests. I feel like people wouldn’t create such questions if it was clear that we won’t respond to them.

Is there any way to put a visually distinct note on the ask question page that includes some text similar to our close reason for no translations?

Questions asking for translations, transcriptions or proofreading are off-topic unless prior research effort is clearly indicated; we're here to help you learn, not to provide a bulk translation service nor to proofread your translations or transcriptions. See: We don't do translations.

(If possible, only showing it for new or low-rep users would be nice, but I’m not sure what’s possible with the current tech stack.)

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    Would be nice to have some stats about this (e.g. proportion of such questions asked by new users, share of them among all closed questions etc.) – Igor Skochinsky Jan 15 at 23:30

I'm not sure about visually distinct but we can customize the content in this box:

Ask a question page with the "how to ask" section on the right circled to indicate the part of the page being mentioned

We can change the text to meet your needs. For example, the Cooking site's Ask page says:

Ask a question page on Cooking. The How to Ask section on the right is circled to indicate a special addition that reads "Please note that requests for recipes are considered off topic, and will be closed."

Write up what you'd like to have this box say and I'll see if we can get it changed for y'all.

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After discussion in chat, we came up with the following text (approved by site moderators):

Questions asking for translations, transcriptions or proofreading are off-topic, and will be closed. We're here to help you learn, not to provide a translation service. Tip: ask yourself: "Would my question be educational for other people as well?"

If this could be added to the “How to Ask” side box on the Ask Question page that would be great.

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  • Can I vote against any changes? I like the current system. Thank you. – Ragaroni Oct 6 at 20:53
  • @Ragaroni Not sure what changes you’re referring to? This is just adding an extra explanatory note to the Ask Question page since we get a lot of off-topic questions of this nature. I don’t think that constitutes a “changed system”... – Darius Jahandarie Oct 6 at 23:00

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