I asked a question on Area51 and it got sniped when it went to Beta. Not really a big deal but..
- The question was copied and pasted. The sniper added nothing to the question
- The sniper did not participate at all in the questions after it was posed (Currently the sniper has a 0% acceptance rate, no edits on the question, no comments)
- The sniper did it a lot over 20 questions. Which exacerbates #2.
This now creates a disincentive to ask questions on Area51 that one actually cares about and to simply wait for the Beta instead. Furthermore because of the low acceptance rate quality answers may be harder to come by for all of the sniped questions.
Am I the only one that feels this way?
Is there a way to curb sniping?
Am I just whining because I got sniped?
I understand that Auto Copying a question is bad. It systematically creates the problems stated above where the OP is likely to be uninvolved with the question. What I'm looking for is there a way for the community to curb the behavior someway.
Here are some things I thought of but they're probably not very good for one reason or another.
Private Beta committed users may flag a post as a snipe and it behaves the same was as a wiki.
Flag a user as a sniper (to be fair this is when the question = title and no activity from the OP and doing it lots of times) and then something happens.
During the commit phase give committed area51 users a way to ask a single question with the full Title, Question, Tag before the beta that will be asked immediately when it goes beta.