We have a number of exceedingly common meta questions:
- Force a comment on downvote (my inspiration for this)
- Why was my question closed?
- Why can't I post questions any more?
- Anything about flags being declined and folks crying about it
- ...dozens of others...
Is it feasible/desirable to add some sort of check for known frequent duplicates that redirects the asker to the canonical question on that topic BEFORE they are able to post the question?
I'm sure it wouldn't be 100% effective, but if you check for
downvot(e|ing) in the title, for instance, we could (potentially) reduce a lot of the noise.
Maybe even add a pseudo-captcha after the redirect to confirm they actually read it (
What does Jeff's answer propose as popup text to encourage comments?) that must be entered to proceed.
I know we don't want to make it too difficult, but THIS IS META so barriers to entry can be a little higher I'm assuming.