I made a simple web app that 'lints' SO questions. It basically points out a lot of common problems that lead to questions being closed, and potential solutions.
I think it should be linked in the comments of a question that's either on-hold or has a couple close votes. Hopefully it'll reduce the number of questions that are closed. The main goal is to be brief and targeted, as opposed to something like an SSCCE - Short, Self Contained, Correct (Compilable), Example.
I'm looking for suggestions for some rules to add.
I mostly hover in the webdev areas of SO, so I'd be largely interested in tag-specific problems, because I don't see/understand a lot of those questions. Also, any patterns that have been noticed by Stack Overflow users; especially users who are involved in the review process.
- The most common reason I vote to close is
- A lot of questions are missing
- Questions with the
______tag are often closed because
Examples with Lint:
Example without Lint (and 6 upvotes at time of posting):
Also, if you're interested in seeing the current rules in code, and suggesting technical improvements, this is staticlint.coffee.
(I realize this is on the borderline of StackApp, but my question is about patterns of Stack Overflow questions, which wouldn't be able to be answered elsewhere.)