I suggest that when such questions are closed, that they be frozen (as
normal) and cloned into a separate environment where answers can
continue to be submitted and commented on.
You are essentially suggesting a work around to on-hold questions, but they are on hold because there is some problem and so shouldn't be answered - in any format or "place".
This is not how Stack Overflow works, or any Stack Exchange site.
this could be a place where reputation points are not registered.
This is not how Stack Overflow works, or any Stack Exchange site. They work because of reputation and votes etc.
Or where some other incentive structure is in place to dissuade
We already have this, the very thing you want to work around - "on-hold/closed".
Like forums and other such sites, Stack Exchange sites have a specific format. Forums allow chatter to get answers (back and forth), Stack Exchange sites do not, the question has to be answerable and relatively decent quality. And so you are asking to break the very format of the Stack Exchange sites, and they work, and are arguably better that forums and others sites, because of the unique format it has.
Mainly that we close questions which are not fit for the site to ensure on topic questions which are answerable and decent quality so it helps more than just the question asker. Which you are asking to break/change/remove etc.
Let's not make a "place" where we allow low quality questions for the sake of it - search Google for "forum" and you will have tens of thousands of alternatives to suit your needs when Stack Exchange does not.
With that in mind, what about this:
- Place the question "on-hold" with a message informing the question
asking what's wrong with their question
- Allow them to edit their question to "fix" it
- If a closed question is edited, allow it to be pushed into the
re-open queue for site users to review and determine if it has been
- If reviewers re-open it, then the question can be answered just like
any other non-closed question
That sounds pretty simple and fair, in fact a perfect scenario whereby we stop answers on off-topic question but also allow users to fix their questions. And also automatically get them reviewed for their being potential re-opening without the OP having to do anything but edit and fix.
Hang on, we already have that... ;)
Questions that are closed are often the most interesting and it's a
great shame they're not more fruitful places
I agree that sometimes a closed question could be interesting, but we're not really here for interesting - that's just a nice side-effect which sometimes happens.
We're here to provide and obtain answers to questions, and if the question does not fit within the scope of the site (off-topic) then it does not belong here, not matter how fun; interesting' amazing; whatever; it may be.
Also, can you show some examples? There are a lot of questions which are essentially "off-topic" but are just locked.
- People will post "crap" and low quality content because we allow it,
as we have an official "place" we move it to. This is not a good way
to dissuade poor and off-topic content, and it would require
moderating and heavy review queues. I do not want to review "crap"
and say "allow this to go to [place] so this lazy user can get
- This "place" will essentially be a low quality dumping ground - do
you really expect quality answers to be had? The point of asking a
decent and on-topic question is you get a potential for decent answers
- Do we do away with "on-hold" and instead just move off-topic stuff to
your new "place"? What if the question is edited and improved? Is it
forever doomed to the dumping ground for low quality stuff?
- In this "place", what if something is a dupe, or even so bad it's
"off topic" for this "place"? Does it remain, or do we have
"on-hold/dupe/closed" in this new "place"?
I have more questions which point to major issues, but I think the above shows you that this just wouldn't work because you are proposing something which is not how Stack Exchange works.
You are essentially stating:
Stack Overflow should have a forum...
And no to that!