Programmers has picked up a bit of a reputation as of late. We've done our best to shed the remaining issues from the NPR1 days. And we're fortunate to have users who focus on maintaining the site's high quality content, and who move quickly to get rid of the cruft. Heck, we even invited Undo to unleash his stale comment sleuthing program against the site. And in the spirit of full disclosure, some of us use our delete votes as a little bit of therapy - blasting away the electrons that just don't need to be there.
But lately, we've noticed a bit of a problem. Not a huge problem like collider questions attracting poor quality answers. Or even an issue like our close review queue not getting enough reviews2.
No, we have a problem with the background tone to indicate a question has been deleted.
Take a look at Exhibit A
The background shade of pink (purple? red?) is ... merely
functional. It's certainly clear that something has been deleted. But it just doesn't feel like it's enough.
Now take a look at Exhibit B
Here we have something where we know it's different. It's dang near impossible to miss. The background color makes it clear something is different.
I want it to be red, like dripping blood. After N hours, the color of the deleted background should be a dark reddish brown... like dried blood. I want to hear the scream of the bits as they get sent to
/dev/nullnever to be seen again - please include a .midi file of this when viewing a deleted question
I understand that sort of animation might be a little difficult to pull off. So perhaps a gibbed aftermath version of deleted posts would suffice to convey that something was wrong with the post and it's now rightfully gone.
And if even that's too much, then how about a deeper shade of crimson? And maybe some brief fireworks for the person who casts the final vote-to-delete?
The benefits of this change should be obvious, but for the sake of being a pedantic programmer (oxymoron, I know):
- It would enhance the gamification aspect of reviewing
/toolsfor questions that need to be deleted.
- More fun means more reviews. More reviews means a higher quality site. Deleteing off the cruft means future visitors won't stumble across it.
- Change can be a good thing, like the new top bar. If nothing else, it gets people to think about something that may have become a bit commonplace.
1 Not Programming Related
2 We'll still happily take more close votes like SO has if that's possible. Just saying.
3 We would happily take fireworks when casting the final close vote too.