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This question does not appear to be about $Topic within the scope defined in the [help/on-topic].

I find "webmastering" as the $Topic to be fairly awkward. I'd like to change this wording.

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    I don't know if changing "Webmastering" to "running a website" is substantially any better. The second sentence is an improvement, though, as it guides to user to click on the link instead of assuming they'd just want to because it is there.
    – John Conde Mod
    Sep 24, 2017 at 15:06
  • @JohnConde while not substantially any better, it is more clear, especially given that for a percentage of users English is not their primary language.
    – Steve
    Oct 4, 2017 at 1:06
  • I think off topic and holds could be better described. For one, it's probably frustrating to new users who think they asked a good question and have their thread shut down. A lot of them probably don't come back to participate on the site because of it. Also, a lot of questions get put on hold for reasons that I don't understand, and so an elaboration for why it's beneficial to the site to put these questions on hold would be helpful to me as well.
    – Michael d
    Apr 1, 2018 at 14:52

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