One of the great things about the Stack Exchange network is the ability to ask a question and get it answered. No fluff, no frills, nobody saying "Me too."
However, sometimes things need to be tested. Sometimes clarification is needed. Sometimes, the chit-chat is beneficial to the question. And, in these cases, the Comments and Chat just don't cut it. That's why I want to propose the Stack Exchange Super Problem Discussion Board.
Basically, users above 100 reputation see a new button on every question: Propose for Discussion. After 5 users click this, a micro Discourse install is launched for that question. This Discourse install is around for 30 days before it is frozen for viewing only. Once a question has had a Discussion initiated, it may no longer be opened for discussion, except by moderators.
The forum itself operates very similarly to its mother, Discourse. However, a few new buttons will be added:
- Move to Answer - Once five people (500+ rep) click this button, the current post is automagically migrated (with the magical power of the Unicorn) to the parent question as an answer.
- Move to Answer + Accept - A Question-OP only button, a single click of this will move the post to the parent question, and will automatically accept the answer.
- Vote to Lock - After five 10k+ users hit this button, the thread is locked. A new thread can not be created.
- Vote to Delete - After five 10k+ users hit this button, the post is deleted.
- Flag Management - Similar to the 10k tools on the main site, this allows for 10k users to deal with limited subsets of flags.
Post editing is disabled for all users below 10k reputation. 10k users can propose edits, however they must be approved by two other 10k+ users. Moderators and post owners can insta-accept the proposed edits.
Moderators should also be able to prevent a particular question from being discussed, or keep a discussion always open. A button Lock Discussion State will lock in the current discussion state. For example, if a question does not have a discussion, this button will prevent a discussion from starting. If there is a discussion, this button will deactivate the 30-day timer and remove the "vote for lock" for 10k users. This would be good for those big questions that are always inevitably discussed, or something changes.
The Discussion should be kept on-topic at all times, and repeated off-topic posts should result in a suspension of Discussion privileges. No reputation changes should occur from the Discussion.
A "paywall" might also be implemented to keep the users who opened the Discussion actually serious. That way, the 30 day timer isn't wasted. 25 rep (while a lot, yet still relatively easy to earn) will keep people on the Discussion.
| | <100 Rep | 100-499 Rep | 500-9999 Rep | 10k+ Rep | Question OP | ♦ Moderators | |-------------------------------- |---------- |------------- |-------------- |---------- |------------- |-------------- | | Discussion Rules | | | | | | | | Vote to Start Discussion | | + | + | + | | | | Post in Discussion | | + | + | + | + | + | | Vote for Move2Answer | | | + | + | + | | | Move2Answer + Accept | | | | | + | | | | | | | | | | | Posting Rules | | | | | | | | Post Links (<2) | | + | + | + | + | + | | Post Links (2+) | | + | + | + | + | + | | Post Images | | + | + | + | + | + | | Edit Posts | | Own | Own | + | Own | + | | | | | | | | | | Moderation Rules | | | | | | | | Flag Posts | | + | + | + | + | | | Lock Threads | | | | Vote | Vote | + | | Delete Posts | | | | Vote | | + | | Delete Threads | | | | | | + | | Block Question from Discussion | | | | | | + | | Handle Flags | | | | Limited | | + | | Force Start Discussion | | | | | | + | | Force Move2Answer | | | | | | + |