A new contributor asks a question that, on face value, is poor. Maybe the wording is off topic, or is phrased to solicit opinion, or is a little cloudy or asks too many questions.
- the situation or problem is unambiguous
- there is an obvious and inevitable good question associated with it
How could SE encourage the community to suggest improvements and wait a day or two for OP to improve the question, or even just answer the obvious question rather than summarily closing the question, with accompanying insulting comments to a new contributor?
In my favorite SE (DIY) this hasty closure usually happens within two hours. Long before more constructive people even have a chance to see the questions.
Could a new SE feature encourage constructive over destructive moderation of almost-good questions from inexperienced users?
Suggestion 1: :Should there be a "Vote to Improve" button? It would allow OP one or two days to improve the question, hopefully with accompanying comments on what would help. "Vote to Close" should be locked while "Vote to Improve" is in play, or it can be left available but cost the user a non-trivial amount of reputation if used within that time frame. Moderators could override this for highly inappropriate questions (spam, abuse, etc) but not for simply disliking the question.
Suggestion 2: Should VtC just be locked for 24 hours for questions from newbies? Can we assume the community has good intent, and just give them time to make suggestions and improvements, and force those who want to summarily close such questions to wait a day or two?
Here, for contrast and consideration, is the opposite question.