Dear Miss Snark
Every time someone asks about the meaning of form rejections I get more confused.
Is it standard practice among agents and editors to have one form rejection letter that they use for all rejections? Or is it standard practice for them to have several different form rejections with slightly different wordings, so for example they have one form letter for submissions that they think are crap, a different form letter for submissions that they think are okay but that they haven't got excited about, a different form letter for submissions they think are good but the list is full, etc, etc.......?
Well, I don't know about editors, since I'm not one, haven't been one, and after showing up at Random House for an appointment with an editor who works at Harper the security guards may never let me in to even speak to one.
However, your question was about form letters, not Miss Snark's diminishing grip on reality.
No, I don't have a wardrobe of form letters. I have one for "no" at the query stage. I have one for "no" at the partial stage. If I read the full ms, I'll generally write you a specific letter ("this sux, what the hell was I thinking").
In most cases it doesn't matter why I'm not taking something, it only matters that I'm not.