Possible names for this feature:
- "Under review"
I am sure newbies find it quite confronting to ask a question and then have it "closed". A suspend state would be more friendly:
- "Suspension" feels less "permanent" than "close"
- A novice poster will feel like they have an opportunity to rectify it (unlike the feeling of "closed")
- A novice poster will feel more welcome in the SE community
- Those with fewer credibility points may have right to moderate suspensions, adding more people to that review queue, leading to faster response after a novice rectifies
- More automation should be possible, because false-positives of "suspension" are not as confronting as a false-positive of "close". Thereby, more suspension/unsuspension can be actioned faster with smaller queues for moderators, and a fast response for novices, being a friendlier experience.
I think it would be simpler if there was a "suspend" state for questions instead.
- We probably wouldn't need Can we have the ability to retract a close vote before it closes?
- We probably wouldn't need How about a "Vote not to close" option to counter the "Vote to close"?
- We probably wouldn't need Add a way for moderators to cast a normal, non binding close/open vote
- We probably wouldn't need Give an incentive for finding duplicate questions
What other feature requests could be nullified by this idea?
- There should be fewer votes to suspend - making administration lighter
- It should unsuspend after being edited by the OP or another editor
- A suspended question MAY BE closed automatically by the system if left unedited after suspension for X days
- The usual close rules will apply, but likely with fewer votes needed for closing/reopening, but more review queue work to be focused on the suspend/unsuspend than on closing/reopening
- People should still be able to post answers. Such answers can help show a reviewer (who doesn't understand the niche technology) whether it is a more specialised Q/A or whether it truly is duplicate. The ability to still get answers for a "suspended" question would be much more friendly to novices and those answering alike
Is this a good design?