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In the current Area-51 proposals the only way to explain why an example question is exemplary is to add a comment, leading to a lot of sample questions which are really basic.

Would it be possible to add a mandatory field when entering example questions explaining why that question is exemplary in being on/off topic? This would then allow people to identify expert questions easily when voting, as described in Asking and voting for good (and bad) questions in Area 51

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I agree that this feature is sorely lacking. It is hard to describe questions that are specific enough to be on topic in such a small amount of space. – Ciaran De Buitlear Jun 2 '10 at 9:43

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I have also notice this. However, I have also noticed that having only a space to put in a question title causes me to think more deeply about the questions I might ask, as it forces me to express my question as succinctly (using as few words) as possible.

Where good questions are being asked, the question titles are representative of a body of questions. Putting a specific paragraph in a question would confine that question to a specific question only. IMO, for a site that doesn't even exist yet, this strikes me as a bit too focused.

A comment, to the effect of: "I believe this is a good question because..." should suffice.

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It's too bad this practice is not encouraged on SO, as many of the question titles people post there are just horrendous. – Robert Harvey Jun 2 '10 at 15:31
Yes, a short blurb should be all that's necessary. – Scott Wales Jun 3 '10 at 0:02

This would also allow to use the default SE search for related questions to avoid duplicates after entering the question.

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