A lot of energy is spent managing poor quality questions.
Poor questions create an enormous tax on SE sites:
- Good users spend an awful lot of time flagging, reviewing, commenting, clarifying, and editing poorly asked questions. That time that could be much better spent answering or asking questions.
- Lousy questions choke up search results, occupy space in user feeds, and add complexity and duplicates to the site.
I think a better UX would help a lot by reducing the poor questions at their source.
Here is the current SO question form:
The highlighted (yellow) panel focuses on showing users how to format questions correctly. I think that panel would be better used to show users how to ask good questions. I would much rather have a better quality question than a better formatted question.
For example, most users want good answers, so it would help to draw a direct connection between: (a) good answers and good questions; and (b) poor answers and poor questions. This provides an explicit behavioral incentive for users to ask good questions.
Here's an example of a better UX approach to avoiding poor questions:
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This design repurposes the panel towards question quality, articulates the behavioral cost/benefit for users, connects the panel visually with the text box, uses more saturated fill to draw attention, and reduces the number of bullet points to a more digestible 4 (versus 8 today). I'm not sure I'm a fan of the multiple links (e.g. it could be replaced by a single link to something like this).