This is an idea that splintered off from Which tags on stackoverflow do you think needs to be improved and how?. I decided to bring it up as its own question as a possible proposal.
While I do think stackoverflow is awesome for making the process of asking questions very straightforward and very accessible, I think there may be value in having perhaps specific wizards for certain tags.
[regex] as an example, MANY questions fail to mention flavor, which leads to:
- "Which flavor is this?" comments
- Various answers which, although they have their own merits, are simply not applicable to OP
Additionally sometimes the problem is so poorly specified, with little idea of what's being asked due to lack of demonstrative examples.
So I'm thinking, what if we have a "wizard" for asking
- It explicitly asks for specific flavor
- For "I need to match these but not these" subcategory, it demands at least 3 examples of each
This does make the process of asking questions more "complicated", because it goes through multiple steps, menus, checkboxes, etc, but perhaps this will lead to better quality, more answerable questions being asked. This can be used as an automated supplement to the human process we already have in place (i.e. closing as "not a real question, it's difficult to tell what's being asked" etc).
This may also help identify dupes, because as the asker gives concrete information about the category of the problem, we can perhaps propose possibly related questions through topic instead of question title/tags/whatever is being used currently (which doesn't always work).
Just tossing ideas. Feedback?