Is there a place for novices to play with Stack Overflow's functions?

In this area, users could do whatever they want to, and not be afraid of breaking the whole environment.

I was even afraid to ask a question yesterday. I can't vote because I have only one reputation. I can't comment because I can't find the comment link.

It would be great if there were a place for novices to try all the functions that Stack Overflow has!

Related: Can we get a test.stackoverflow.com?

  • 2
    Note that you can always comment on your own question and its answers, and on your own answers.
    – balpha StaffMod
    Nov 5, 2010 at 10:13
  • But I don't want to use rubbish question, answer or comment to pollute the excellent apps and my reputation. Nov 5, 2010 at 10:47
  • @hutushen what do you want to try out?
    – Pekka
    Nov 5, 2010 at 11:48
  • @Pekka I know I must be responsible to my questions and answers, so I must be careful when ask a question. I am so cautious that I ask this question one day delay. Nov 5, 2010 at 15:41
  • @hutu that is a very agreeable view in general, but there's no need for too much caution, neither on SO nor on Meta. Just ask away.
    – Pekka
    Nov 5, 2010 at 16:00
  • @Pekka I will just after my first step. But I will be careful ask question too, because I love this app. Nov 5, 2010 at 16:08
  • 1
    Possible duplicate of Formatting Sandbox Mar 27, 2018 at 0:53
  • @SonicWizard: Meh, the answer here explains much better the extent to which it is related to that, or not (this question is asking for a lot more than just a format/answer/comment sandbox), so there's no reason to try to force them closer together than they already are. It's not like there's some site limitation that forces us to close some questions so we can ask some more. Mar 27, 2018 at 1:43

1 Answer 1


There is a sandbox question here on Meta to test things like formatting and stuff.

Other than that, there is no "sandbox" as such. You will have access to the functions as soon as you accumulate some points, which, for the basic things like commenting and upvoting, should be relatively easy to do.

  • I have see an open-source StackOverflow clone app provides a demo site that clear all the data every night. I think StackOverflow can provide one like that or do more. Nov 5, 2010 at 11:17
  • 2
    @hutushen they probably could, but what for? I don't really see the point in testing SO's functions.
    – Pekka
    Nov 5, 2010 at 11:19
  • >but what for? - To hook them. It always needs a first shot. Make it easier and you get more addicts. Nov 5, 2010 at 14:02
  • I agree with @Ladybug Killer. Because even now I also have a lot of puzzles with StackOverflow. Nov 5, 2010 at 15:29
  • 1
    @hutu @Lady I really fail to see the point. So what if I can edit tags, or other people's questions, in some sandbox? The only thing worth a peek might be the 10k+ tools that show flagged posts and such... But that's not really thrilling either. Anyway, my 2 cents...
    – Pekka
    Nov 5, 2010 at 15:31

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .