The what is clear: To allow the entire StackExchange network to be inherently a little bit more polite while remaining helpful.
The how is clear: To extend the Off-Topic Close Reasons by 112 characters.
The simple question is: What does it take to make this happen?
The long question:
At the moment, close reasons are limited to 400 characters. This makes it hard to write polite close reasons and results in rather brusque and curt messages that does alienate new users. For example, we would like to change the following close reason from AskUbuntu from this:
This question has been asked before and already has an answer.
To something like this:
We've searched AskUbuntu and found that your question already has an answer. Please check here: [link]. If this doesn't answer your question, please reword your question to explain in more depth.
So what does it take to increase the allowable responses from 400 to 512 characters?
Does it take:
- a highly voted question on meta.StackExchange.com?
- rallying all the users on all sites in the network?
- me flying into NY and banging a magnum bottle of Champagne on Joel Spolsky's desk?