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I have been reading Sara Chipp's recent blog post which explained how new users in Stack Overflow are afraid of being judged by multiple people. I think that multiple people telling you how your question is wrong, makes the site seem unfriendly.

My Idea

Why not hide questions from new users until the question passes through a review in First Posts? That is, until a user reviews the question and marks it as "I'm done" or "No Action Needed", the question will not be viewable to the public.

What it achieves

Since a new user's question will be reviewed by only one person initially, it will be easier for the user to respond/edit without being afraid of being judged in public. It will also give more time to respond / edit before getting downvoted.

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This system exists more or less (on Stack Overflow at least); it's called the Triage review queue. It gets fed by questions deemed low quality by the system and/or the users; those questions are hidden from the homepage (though not from the other question lists or search). Together with the Help & Improvement queue, its aim is to improve question quality for new users. Here's a nice flowchart I borrowed from Shog's post I linked to:

flowchart for questions

The fact that five years later it isn't rolled out to other sites in the network should say enough: it isn't successful enough. Newer projects have started (Mentoring and the Ask Question Wizard), and the latter seems to have enough potential even outside Stack Overflow.

  • So questions in Triage queue are not visible to public? – Kolappan Nathan Jul 19 at 5:26
  • those questions are hidden from the homepage (though not from the other question lists or search) – Glorfindel Jul 19 at 5:26
  • Oh. I was aware of Triage but didn't know that questions were hidden from Homepage. Thank you. I'll accept this answer. – Kolappan Nathan Jul 19 at 5:27
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    probably worth noting that triage development which has been silently aborted midway: "Triage was predicated on us rewriting all of the views. Which... Very nearly happened. And then didn't..." – gnat Jul 19 at 6:16

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