test a new “beginner” ask page that breaks the question box into multiple fields – one for each of the key things answerers need to help
My train of thought on this went something like:
- That's awesome!
- ... Wait. Stack Overflow is not the site I use most often. My most prolific contribution is on Super User.
- ... What about Super User? We might be able to use that!
- Dang. The bulleted list of prompts doesn't really work for SU. They're too specific to Stack Overflow's subject matter.
So, where it might make sense for Stack Overflow to have ...
“Paste the shortest block of code that reproduces the problem. (We’ll format it!)”
... in their beginner question ask page as one of the prompts, for SU we'd definitely want to do something different.
The most amazing thing ever would be if our elected moderators on the site could design the beginner ask page with a custom set of prompts that are proposed and then agreed upon by the community. This would be following the same workflow (for changing and improving the prompts) as our current site-specific "Custom Close Vote Reason" system.
I'm not opposed to an even better workflow for this, but I just thought that it would be fairly low-risk and very consistent with existing site features to implement the workflow for this just like we do with custom close vote reasons, because of precedent, and because this workflow is tried-and-true by now.
However, if you decide to use another workflow, that's fine. I'd like for Super User to be involved in the early experiments around the beginner ask page, too. Using SO as a testing ground for the very first iteration is also fine in my book, but the sooner SU can get a piece of it, the better -- and I'm sure our community will have great ideas for how to structure the prompts to make it easier for users to give us useful, answerable questions.
1In 6 to 8 weeks, of course. ;)