We get a lot of questions about Linux Mint, Kali Linux, Pop OS, and other distributions. We also get some questions about very old versions or development versions of Ubuntu, but they are not that frequent.

Can we put up a notice in the Ask Question page that those are off topic and will be closed?

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It would save a lot of time of the moderators.

It does not necessarily have to be intelligent, and can be shown to all new users.

As mentioned in the comments we would need SE staffs' approval to do so. How do we let them know?

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    This question discusses about a script that would detect keywords, which may result in a lot of false positives (i.e. more work for moderators). I suggest we show this to all new users. Maybe we can also show to not so new users if these keywords are detected, but we won't let any AI send it to review queue. – Archisman Panigrahi Dec 24 '20 at 6:38
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    We already have statements in the Help Center about this - users who don't read the help center and the initial "welcome" pages are ultimately destined for closure in those cases. Just saying. – Thomas Ward Dec 24 '20 at 15:17
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    @ThomasWard The Help Center informs about this, but I doubt that many new users would spend time reading that info. They just want to ask a question and get an answer for their problem as fast as possible (I'm not accusing them for that). Indeed their question about a not supported OS will get closed sooner or later, but many times quite an effort is required for a question to be closed, especially when not many reviewers are around (as it is recently). – BeastOfCaerbannog Dec 26 '20 at 17:35
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    Archiman's proposal could help actively direct the users asking about a not supported OS to the right Stack Exchange community before they ask the question. This could reduce the number of questions that would need to get closed for this reason and would also let reviewers focus on the rest of the questions in the Close Votes queue. – BeastOfCaerbannog Dec 26 '20 at 17:35
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    Just FYI, the Ask Question page cannot be modified by mods and thus needs SE staffs' approval to update it //cc @BeastOfCaerbannog – Andrew T. Dec 27 '20 at 18:18
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    @ArchismanPanigrahi AFAIK, if there is enough community support for your feature request, the moderators can add the "status-review" tag and the SE staff might respond. More information can be found here: meta.stackexchange.com/q/348642 – Random Person Jan 1 at 17:12
  • Simply closing the requests with one of the pre-stored reasons is easy and fun. – waltinator Feb 12 at 3:40

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