Some users (avoiding the "naming and shaming," but I think we all know a couple of users for whom this is the case) here don't seem to understand that the serially low-quality questions they ask need improvement, even though they've been strongly DVed and closed en masse.

I think that it might be helpful to show them the "how to ask in private beta" page another few times.

Additionally, I don't think that there is currently a time limit for how long that agreement is shown for before a user can click through. (I think I clicked through it as soon as it was shown on this site's Meta, because I had read it previously on Main) ....perhaps these users should be shown this page for a minimum of 60 seconds before they are allowed to click through.

Specifically, the is to show users who've had X number of questions closed (five sounds like a good number to start with, though I'm open to change), be shown the "how to ask" page/agreement again, for every question they ask, until they ask five questions in a row that weren't closed.
Also, the page should be shown for a minimum amount of time before clicking through, perhaps 60 seconds.

I'm open to changing X from five to three, as per comments. I had that in mind originally, but changed it to five because it sounded too harsh. However, it should be noted that (in the words of Tim): "....these people did commit and agree to this earlier. If 3 of your qs are closed, you're doing something wrong."

I don't have much experience with sites in private beta, so I don't know if this is necessary by all private betas, or just this one, whose precise scope is still under discussion.

  • How do you propose we implement this? – J. Musser Dec 11 '14 at 19:35
  • @J.Musser I dunno. I don't know much about programming, to be honest. Hopefully SE staff does ;-) – Shokhet Dec 11 '14 at 19:36
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    @J.Musser [feature-requests] are on-topic on child Metas. I think it's fine here. – Shokhet Dec 11 '14 at 19:37
  • Other than meta.stackexchange.com/questions/86997/…? – J. Musser Dec 11 '14 at 19:43
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    I think 3 may be better. We want the new sites to be high quality, so nipping it in the bud asap is important. – Tim Dec 11 '14 at 19:45
  • @Tim I was thinking about 3, but I think that might be a little harsh. – Shokhet Dec 11 '14 at 19:46
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    @J.Musser We could do that too, but I want something extra for private beta, especially while we're still under definition, and really trying to raise the quality of questions and answers. – Shokhet Dec 11 '14 at 19:47
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    Possibly, but these people did commit and agree to this earlier. If 3 of your qs are closed, you're doing something wrong. Maybe a %? So if 40% of your qs are closed? – Tim Dec 11 '14 at 19:47
  • Similarly to how we don't force but encourage users to take the tour, comment when downvoting, etc, I think it's better to have a popup warning for these users, rather than forcing them on a page for a certain amount of time. I think that will cause more harm than good. – J. Musser Dec 11 '14 at 19:50
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    @J.Musser They don't know what's normal and what isn't in PB; for all they know, this is regular site behavior – Shokhet Dec 11 '14 at 19:52
  • who?‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍‍ – J. Musser Dec 11 '14 at 19:52
  • @J.Musser The users who asked 5 (or 3) questions that were closed. – Shokhet Dec 11 '14 at 19:53
  • Kevin Johnsrude? Matt S.? Both have other SE accounts. Very different users tho. :P – J. Musser Dec 11 '14 at 19:54
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    Regardless, I think it's not a bad idea to have it pop-up every once and a while. At least until you reach a certain reputation maybe. Kind of like the reminder to leave comments when downvoting. – GimmeTehRepz Dec 11 '14 at 20:15
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    Just went to post my first question through the website and finally saw this. I was using the mobile app before and the "how to ask in private beta" never popped up. – liebs19 Dec 11 '14 at 22:21

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