There are some questions posted here on Meta that are clearly programming questions.

In my opinion, I believe that Stack Exchange should check the title. Anything with "python" or "java", for example will be warned with a popup or some other notice.

By doing so, there will be less need to waste our precious time to flag the question.

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    Worth mentioning that this would be for meta, I was very confused for a second – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 9:59
  • @RichardTingle I hope this is featured on meta, so its tagged: Feature -request – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:00
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    Of course the trouble is most programming questions don't have the programming language in the title and many questions about problems in a certain community ("Loads of spam on the java tag") do – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 10:01
  • Yes, but feature requests are for the entire network unless you specify otherwise. Meta is for all feature requests – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 10:02
  • Can you guys explain why there is a downvote etc.? – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:02
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    Warned with a popup? And you're sure those kinds of people who post programming questions on Meta will read that popup? – slhck Jan 8 '14 at 10:02
  • @slhck i said 'etc.' – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:02
  • @leonneo Votes on meta are different, it (can) mean that people disagree, although your question is a little unclear as well – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 10:02
  • What is "etc."? You cannot outright ban posts with a title including the name of a programming language. And users already get lots of information about what (and what not) to post here. It's not like we need more popups and banners and messages. – slhck Jan 8 '14 at 10:03
  • @leonneo Why do you assume we are the absolute arbiters. Make your case, try to convince people. I may not agree, but others might – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 10:04
  • Now with the edit, it says 'some other notice'. – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:04
  • Thanks for the edit. I am trying really hard to adapt to meta, because i need to convince people. – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:05
  • Related, possible dupe: meta.stackexchange.com/questions/177485/… – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jan 8 '14 at 10:06
  • @leonneo you're welcome, the grammar and the way you explain are both critical here on Meta. If you will add a mockup of what you have in mind it would also help. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jan 8 '14 at 10:07
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    @leonneo I know, I mean add example of the message/notice you have in mind and where exactly it will show. – Shadow The Princess Wizard Jan 8 '14 at 10:11

While I understand the premise behind this idea I fear it has a number of problems

  • Many programming questions don't have a language in the title

"Please help!"
"Code won't work!"
"When I run the foo bar happens" - who am I kidding, we never get good titled meta programming questions

  • Many non programming questions do have a language in the title

"Code formatting is broken on the java tag"
"There’s a problem in the C++ community with ...."

For example here are 2000 posts with java in them that are not deleted

  • People who post programming questions on meta don't seem to read anything ever, so a pop up is unlikely to faze them.


For those reasons I believe this would have more false positives than real postives which would make it more of a distraction than a help: every wrong popup makes people less likely to read the next popup

  • At least it will cut down on the number of incorrect posts. – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:09
  • @leonneo Making submit fail 3 times out of 5 would cut down number of incorrect posts, too. The point is not to cut down the number of valid ones in the process. – Mołot Jan 8 '14 at 10:20
  • There should be buttons like: 'Continue posting' and 'go back'. – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:22
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    @leonneo Trust me, if you have users read more and more text, at some point they will just stop reading and post whatever they want. I recently signed up for a forum where I had to read dozens of messages and guidelines before I could post something, and my brain just shut down eventually—so I clicked Post question without thinking. And I'm the type of person who usually tries to read FAQs and whatnot. – slhck Jan 8 '14 at 10:23
  • Introduce penalty when the question is closed. – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:24
  • @leonneo Now thats an entirely seperate feature request – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 10:25
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    @leonneo what penalty? most of the users have no rep. And users who continually do it getting have there meta account suspended. By why would you punish someone for making a minor mistake on time. – psubsee2003 Jan 8 '14 at 10:26
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    @leonneo I think the main problem is that there are so many on topic questions where this is true (2000 with [java] alone) that this won't work. It would need a better algorithm – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 10:29
  • Leave warnings. – Neo Lok Jun Jan 8 '14 at 10:30
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    @leonneo Like this one you mean; imgur.com/1gkDUSZ – Richard Tingle Jan 8 '14 at 10:32
  • @leonneo i think we do tht always .. any time this type of question put on hold moderator will give some warning on comments – Dhaval Jan 8 '14 at 10:32
  • @leonneo what kind of warnings? What purpose would those warnings serve. More often than not one of the close voters usually leaves a comment. If you are talking about a real mod message (not a comment on the post), that leaves a permenant mark on the users account. Why would you punish someone for making a mistake. – psubsee2003 Jan 8 '14 at 10:34
  • Don't forget that we deal with such question fast, swiftly and with fanatic precision. So if the volume of these doesn't start to pickup massively, it's nothing but a "oh, another, closed" side-thought. ... I somehow miss the Calvin-Comics, though. – Time Traveling Bobby Jan 8 '14 at 10:37
  • I understand now. – Neo Lok Jun Jan 9 '14 at 11:32

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