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If I encounter a question that is, for example, missing context, so I give it a close vote accordingly, is the poster notified? Or should I copy the relevant blurb:

Please provide additional context, which ideally explains why the question is relevant to you and our community. Some forms of context include: background and motivation, relevant definitions, source, possible strategies, your current progress, why the question is interesting or important, etc.

What are the norms here? How is a poster supposed to know that their question is not in accordance with the rules, so they can try to fix the problem?

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No, they are not notified. That is unless you vote to close as a duplicate, or use a custom off-topic reason; those actions generate a comment and they are notified of comments. Note that users need to have 250 reputation to even see the close votes; other users do not notice them until their question is actually closed.

If you're reasonably sure the question will be closed in short notice, leaving a comment isn't really necessary, as it would essentially be duplicating the eventual notice. Rather than duplicating the notice, you could try to give some specific guidance for improving the question.

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    $\begingroup$ Personally, I would prefer duplicated notice on my posts than nothing at all. At least that would give some advanced warning to improve the question before it is closed. Specific guidance is of course preferred however. $\endgroup$ – user400188 Sep 5 at 3:59
  • $\begingroup$ @user400188 There is a list of comment templates, which is a sort of middle ground between duplicating the notice and giving specific advice (you can of course write your own list of templates). Using templates can also be useful when giving specific guidance, as often the guidance is a variation on a theme, so write a template for that theme and then edit it as appropriate. $\endgroup$ – user1729 Sep 10 at 9:18

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