There's a problem I've encountered a couple of times on different SE sites. I have a complex question that requires a bit of context to ask. So I write a detailed post explaining my question, and then summarize it as good as I can in the title.
The problem is, sometimes people seem to only read the title, skip the explanations, and answer the wrong question. Even if the do read the whole text, they interpret the title too literally.
Of course, you could always say I should reformulate the title to capture the question more accurately. I strongly agree that one should try, but sometimes it's not possible to reduce the whole question nicely to one line. The best I can do is to anticipate how the question might be misunderstood, and clarify that in the text in the hope that it is read ("note that I'm not asking about...").
The other extreme is when people open the question, see a wall of text, and get scared away. I try to avoid this by putting auxiliary info, "what I've already tried" and "what I'm not asking" below a line, but that doesn't always help.
I think a solution would be to highlight one or two important sentences in the post. I've seen many people do this with blockquotes, but that seems wrong to me.
Can we get nice way to highlight the core question of the post, without having to abuse bold fonts or blockquote?
I propose we introduce a new
<tldr> tag for this. Give it a very subtle highlight, and maybe limit the amount of text one can put inside.