I thought about the appropriate location for this question before posting, and I came to the conclusion that it is, at its root, a problem of diction and rhetoric... We would, certainly, like to convince question writers to edit their question, rather than to incite their frustration.
The [on hold] message became the norm for English-speaking Stack Exchange websites following a movement to hurt people's feelings less with "close".
For a number of reasons brought up in the past and the present, a suitable alternative may be in order.
What is an alternative that
- is succinct
- conveys a need for revision
- is sufficiently passive (and thus minimizes anger)
- (preferably) conveys a sense of limited time
and, most importantly, is clear to most readers?
NOTE: This is an English question. Not meta. That said, off-topic is a possibility. That said, I don't think
on hold brings any clarity to off-topic in the slightest.