My first argument is that it may help some people when there is a sandbox, of whatever form. The form may be discussed further.
If new users use it, that's great! If not, at least it will help other people.
Regarding HDE's excellent points:
We need community effort to do this.
- Remind new users that there is a sandbox to refine their question before posting (or maybe after it is closed).
even if it is not obligatory, (it isn't on PPCG), but bad questions still get comments about how the question should've been posted in the sandbox first.Comment
- Having the link to sandbox in the help center.
- Having Sandbox link in featured post of the meta will help with the visibility and the ease of access.
Is well -monitored and -moderated by both the community and diamond moderators.
Pointing new users to the sandbox only works if that sandbox isn't dead. A sandbox with only questions and nobody that reviews the questions is worse than no sandbox.Comment
I agree with the first sentence. A sandbox needs community effort to keep it alive. If you agree that we should open a sandbox, join us as reviewers. It does not require personal commitment. Just do the usual if you find a question that is not clear, or is not a good fit for our site: comment for clarification and give suggestion for improvement.
However, I disagree with last sentence.See "Failure?" below
Is used regularly. If a sandbox turns into a ghost town, then maybe it's not needed.
Yeah, maybe See "Failure?" below.
It's a tool to help us get higher quality question. If it's there, someone will benefit from it being available. Of course, it needs both reviewer and user.
Actually works and produces high-quality questions. I personally think that a question born in the sandbox should eventually be better than average.
With the help of feedback and guidance from community (the reviewers), of course they should be! But we don't even know if it's effective here because we don't start it yet.
Noticed what gets repeated in the four points? Community. Sandbox needs community to stay relevant. In the case that the community decides that Sandbox is no longer needed, just discontinue or close the sandbox practice. At least it has benefit some users in its (maybe short) life.
I personally commit myself to seeing Interpersonal Skills.SE grow to be a better site, although I know I still have a lot to learn. If sandbox can be a way to help this site, I will gladly do it. If not, fine.
I don't see any drawback of opening sandbox, then closing it if it lacks of participation, except the "wasted energy" of those who committed themselves to the sandbox. I personally see that as an investment to figure out that IPS.SE does not require sandbox.
Note to potential reviewers: I don't see myself out of this site for at least 2 years to come. If I do "retire" from the site, at least I've spent that 2 years helping users, either in the main site, or in the sandbox (if it is agreed). That is also true to you.
It doesn't matter how long you can be a reviewer. Doing one review already helps. Your commitment is not to the sandbox, but it is to the growth of our IPS.SE.