I see quite a lot questions that might be useful but do not provide enough information in order for us to be able to answer. See this one, for example.
Strictly speaking, these questions should be closed as not a real question:
It's difficult to tell what is being asked here. This question is ambiguous, vague, incomplete, overly broad, or rhetorical and cannot be reasonably answered in its current form. For help clarifying this question so that it can be reopened, see the FAQ.
But just flagging is so easy.
I see questions getting closed as not a real question without any comment on how the OP could improve the question... I don't like that, it's not giving new users (this problem mostly arises with new users) a welcome feeling. For an example, see this one. Yes, it is a bad question. But the Meta system might be confusing for new users, so why not leave a tiny-tiny comment to explain it? It's just plain rude this way.
This resulted on Electrical Engineering in a behaviour of
- not immediately voting to close,
- not immediately downvoting,
- commenting to help the OP improve his question.
However, there's a problem with this behaviour too. We have questions that need more information. There has been asked for more information, but the OP didn't provide it. Actually, he didn't even sign in anymore. For example, this one.
And yes, now we can close it. But in the meanwhile, the post isn't active anymore, nobody sees it anymore. It stays open until the end of times, without the needed information. Or the Community user bumps it, as happened with the earlier linked one.
Thanks, Community user. This question might need an answer, but we need more information and the OP is not going to provide it - so don't bump it. Well, it would be hard - if not impossible - to teach the Community user not to bump questions that need more information. Because how the hell can he know that? So that's not what this feature request is about.
What I would like to see is this:
- Change the NARQ reason into an ultimatum for the first day. When a question gets some NARQ votes, the OP would get a notification:
Your question needs improvement. See the comments to see how you can improve your question. If you do not edit your question within a day, your question will get closed.
- People can only vote for an ultimatum when they either comment on the post, or upvote an existing comment. This way, we ensure that the OP gets help with improving his question.
What would be the benefits?
- We're being more welcome to new users, because.
- The "final" [closed] won't come up that fast.
- The new user gets help with improving his question for sure.
- The new user gets a notification that he has to improve his question.
- Faster growing community, because...
- People like it when they get help instead of getting their questions closed
- Higher acceptance rate
- Fewer closed questions
I understand that this could be a major change to the flagging system. Still, I'd like to see what everyone thinks. When a major change can improve the new user's experience (and thereby everyone's experience in the long run, due to a larger community), it should be seriously considered, even though it's a major change.