There are a lot of questions on this site (even more than MO!) that could do with a brush up- some extra motivation, a more specific request or even just the full question in some cases. I applaud and concur with the community's liberal stance in keeping as many questions as possible open but I feel, to keep the standard up in this case we might need something more.
Now this is probably something that has been asked over at SO a squillion times but:
Could we have a way of closing questions, pending the querrant's editing his question in accordance with moderator suggestions? Perhaps just reopening after one edit, regardless of improvements (the appearance sanction here would probably be enough to stimulate action).
Perhaps there is even a way to jimmy rig it with what we've already got...
What think you? Good idea? Possible idea? Old idea?
Edit: In a fit of ground-breaking irony it appears this question was not properly motivated.
I put forward the following argument:
- We want a site with as many users as possible, asking and answering good questions (good here includes motivated as a superset)
- There are a lot of poorly motivated questions
- Comments and downvotes seem at best to do nothing, at worst they make the querrant feel unwelcome and crucially stop them engaging with possibly the most addictive feature of the site by keeping their rep low. Many subject to this do not return and those that do, continue to ask poor questions
- We want to be liberal (or more liberal than MO) and so are being gentle with our closure policy
- Therefore we either want to rethink our policy on closures or we require a 'soft closure' feature like the one above.