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Feature description:

A personal question page (as usual) and a list which remain on the users profile to build the question. Leaving the question unpublished so one can come back to work on the question, extend or, minimize or discard. When no solution is found anywhere and the problem remains the user can publish it and it will be viewable/answerable to all people.

Possible pros:

More generalized questions as research is made easier.

  • rephrasing/generalizing the question after finding information

  • emphasizing this isn't a forum but a research (Q/A) site

User-comfort thus one can focus on his/her problem.

  • formatting the layout, keeps the question clear

  • providing already a (possible) answer

  • one-click-discard, actually two due to selection on this site

  • keeping a clear desktop

Referring to new people to use this feature

  • less duplicates or wrongly stated questions, due to easy research

    • closed due duplicates can be directly put into their own unpublished list to think delete or rephrase, maybe down-voted too, or new decline votes

    • clearer insight/higher acceptance why something is 'not ready' but not disapproved, thus preventing questions like "How to delete my account, I don't like the policy", where they only misunderstanding and where they can be a valuable source in time.

  • new people can find easy questions much sooner, less duplicates. So related are easier found (less results).

  • they feel taken seriously or professional which they may be one day

  • warm-hearted people make better marketing

Possible cons:

  • yet another server to fill

  • reposting of declined questions

  • more questions on meta


The quality of the site will rise due to fewer questions but higher quality answers, as questions are more qualified. Due to lesser questions, duplicates are notice earlier. This could have a recursive effect.

Although it might seem to be a user feature or new-user help, it is aiming at the overall quality of site.

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Drafts of your question are already, automatically saved as you work on it. – Andrew Barber Aug 7 '12 at 15:06
You can also draft complex questions/answers in a word processor, rather than directly in the browser, and then save the draft to your computer. – Servy Aug 7 '12 at 15:07
@Andrew Barber, often I have two or thee questions to research. Then the feature you talk about lecks, unfortunatly. – user190086 Aug 7 '12 at 15:10
Hmm... I don't know how useful it would be to enable people to keep multiple, active drafts at one time. That is; how useful and valuable an expenditure of the site's Dev time. I think the vast majority of users don't use the SO "Ask a Question" box as their mind map while investigating an issue. – Andrew Barber Aug 7 '12 at 15:23
@JohnSmith That's exactly the case for using a word processor, rather than your browser, to work on your questions. (Or even a pen an paper.) – Servy Aug 7 '12 at 17:49
Maybe related:… – Toomai Aug 7 '12 at 17:53
@AndrewBarber Stack Overflow makes a fantastic duck. I've used the "Ask Question" box as a "mind map" while researching a problem many times. It encourages me to hold my explanations to a higher standard, which has caused me to catch mistakes I might otherwise have glossed over, and occasionally produces a nice question for the site. This also fits well with Jeff's idea of Stack Overflow as a partial blog-substitute for people who don't blog. A real drafts feature would make this even better, and encouraging this usage pattern could produce more nicely-detailed questions. – Jeremy Banks Aug 7 '12 at 18:19
--- updated the request --- – user190086 Aug 7 '12 at 19:06
@jeremybanks Doesn't the "Answer this question, blog-style" checkbox fulfill this role? – Robert Harvey Aug 7 '12 at 19:17
I think very few people would use this, and hence most of the pro's will not be not noticeable at all, amongst the current 3,486,990 questions. – Arjan Aug 7 '12 at 19:25
@Arjan, so keep filling it with duplicates would make it worse? And how long can that go on? And why not trying to grow while having a site which aim is growing knowledge? Thought the aim is to create a mature archive system of quality questions and answers. – user190086 Aug 7 '12 at 19:33
@Arjan, sorry for the typo: would not make it worse? – user190086 Aug 7 '12 at 19:45
Maybe related too:… too – user190086 Aug 7 '12 at 19:52
@RobertHarvey It was a good improvement. A real drafts feature would be a bigger one. – Jeremy Banks Aug 7 '12 at 20:20

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