I read this: Where do I ask where to ask?

And I want to ask:

Where can new users/members test editor features, in a way which will automatically delete threads/questions after a few days, and not store them for posterity?

I am used to the existence of such places on other sites, but here I can not find one.

Can you point me to them, or if it does not exist, is it possible to create one on this platform?

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    In the Sandbox. But they will not be auto-deleted.
    – Ollie
    Jan 26, 2021 at 22:31
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    So this would be not the same. Imagine that all users will try to check whats new on new editor which is tested currently here:Opt-in alpha test for a new Stacks editor. Jan 26, 2021 at 22:36
  • Ah. If it's for the new editor, and you've found a bug or have a request, go ahead and post there! But if it's just a test, then go to the Sandbox.
    – Ollie
    Jan 26, 2021 at 22:37
  • If it's for the new editor, and you've found a bug or have a request, go ahead and post there! Yes, I know. Currently I doing my test, and posting there. I was just used to the fact that I can test in a separate forum, something like creating a new type of "Stack communities" where all messages are thrown into the trash, for example after 24 hours. Jan 26, 2021 at 22:53
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    @MichałLipok we don't have a feature that auto deletes answers the way you're describing and haven't ever, as far as I'm aware. We're 100% ok with you using the sandbox for this, as others have said.
    – Catija
    Jan 26, 2021 at 23:00
  • But there are a number of strange things around the Sandbox, namely the dodgy "Not the answer you're looking for" text at the bottom, so don't be surprised ;)
    – Ollie
    Jan 26, 2021 at 23:02
  • I just search in help center for sandbox and I found that there is only 2 times mentioned about 'sandbox'. Maybe special article in help center would be "more accurate" ? Jan 26, 2021 at 23:50
  • @Ollie it looks like this is realy strange and mysterious lair. Jan 27, 2021 at 1:47

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To test editor features, go to the Sandbox. If you’ve found a bug or have a request, then go ahead and post it at the Alpha test for the new Stacks editor. But, AFAIK, there is no Sandbox post that will auto-delete your posts after a certain amount of time.

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    The Formatting Sandbox post used to have its answers archived every now and then by Shog9 who'd do it by manually tinkering with the database; sadly as he's gone now, that's not happening anymore. Jan 27, 2021 at 0:15
  • But I see that this is not The Formatting Sandbox affects users/members Reputationa and Badges. And just now I realize that this was one of the reason why asked about separate forum/group for this kind of purpuoses. I thought any activity in a place like this shouldn't affect the statistics. Jan 27, 2021 at 1:53
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    As the sandbox is community wiki, it does not affect a users reputation @MichałLipok
    – Luuklag
    Jan 27, 2021 at 6:24

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