There are some particular questions that are asked at least once a day on Stack Overflow.

They're well-posed questions about trying to solve problems nobody should solve (great example: "How do I get this HTML DOM element with regular expressions?").

Obviously, all the interaction will be in the comments — since you have to be evil to actually answer such questions.

So, here is a nice idea: let the Ajax interface that suggests related questions be more aggressive if some particular phrases (in this case, the combination "regex, HTML, element") are typed. As in, display a highlighted sentence on top of the similar questions with some specific information (in this case, something along the lines of: "Are you going to ask how to parse HTML with regex? Don't. Click here instead.").

I think it would be a useful feature, from which both the asker's reputation and the quality of the posts would benefit.

Edit: I see there is a similar feature for questions that might be too subjective on Programmers, so implementation should be a breeze.

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    @RedDwight, thanks a lot for your corrections and sorry for the poor grammar/syntax/x. I didn't sleep for the last 36 hours, and I didn't check it before posting since I was talking with a friend - this is meant to be an admission of guilt, not a defense. Dec 22, 2010 at 21:31
  • Obviously, @RedDwight, the messages would be all-lowercase! ;-)
    – Arjan
    Dec 23, 2010 at 13:54
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    It seems that @RegDwight suffers from a similar name confusion that "jinguy" does, hehe.
    – Grace Note StaffMod
    Dec 23, 2010 at 13:59
  • @Grace: indeed, this is not the first time, and not even the twenty-first. I've even considered changing my screen name, people would probably have less trouble spelling "Sir Elton Hercules John, CBE".
    – ЯegDwight
    Dec 23, 2010 at 14:22
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    It's particularly ironic to get it wrong while thanking @RegDwight for having improved my spelling. Dec 23, 2010 at 14:24


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