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Is there a location where someone can post a potential question so that experts in the fields could help insert/correct the jargon used within it. Jargon being terminology that an amateur in the field might not know or use incorrectly?

Example: I'm an amateur in the field of Mathematics and I want to know how to determine if in a box containing multiple spheres, which spheres will touch if you increase their radius. Assuming a sphere can't cross the boundary of another sphere. Think of latex balloons each centered at a point in the box and inflated until there is no empty space in the box while assuming that boundaries between spheres/balloons do not exert a force to deform other sections of the sphere/balloon (Volume of each sphere/balloon are not necessarily equal).

This post is atrocious and should be down voted / closed if posted on math.stackexchange. Now there is a mathematical question behind this post that could be answered by a mathematician, but not in this format. I'm sure there are mathematicians who have the skills to help a user clarify their post by replacing a lot of "Loose English descriptions" in their post with proper mathematical jargon so that it would much easier for another mathematician to understand and potentially answer.

Where should a user post to ask for help bridging the knowledge / communication gap between experts in a field and themselves?

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    Have you tried asking on the relevant Meta site for the topic? Then the community might be able to help improve/clarify the phrasing of your question before you post it on the corresponding main site. (They will also be able to tell you whether your question is in scope/appropriate for that site.)
    – V2Blast
    Commented Apr 13, 2022 at 18:01
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    I don't think the example you show is atrocious for lack of "jargon". But I do find parts of the description hard to understand. I think it could use better illustration.
    – starball
    Commented Apr 1, 2023 at 21:42

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There is no network wide location

where someone can post a potential question so that experts in the fields could help insert/correct the jargon used within it.

Some sites like Computer Science Educators have a question sandbox. See The Question Sandbox. Staging Ground is an special environment to help new askers to write their firsts questions. It's currently in beta testing in Stack Overflow, it's not intended to request others to correct a post regarding the terms / vocabulary used.

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Is there a location where someone can post a potential question so that experts in the fields could help insert/correct the jargon used within it

Some SE sites accept terminology questions. Examples:

Otherwise one can ask word requests on https://ell.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/word-request and https://english.stackexchange.com/questions/tagged/single-word-requests, for English. Non-English language learning SE sites typically have similar word request questions.

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