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It's an interesting idea. A sandbox allows you to avoid some terrible questions - and, more importantly, turn bad questions into good ones. I can tell you from experience on Worldbuilding that it really can make a difference for some users, and I'm pleased with how ours has gone. There are, however, some issues that we'll need to think about: The sandbox ...


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Answers containing graduated questions will be deleted. This is designed to be a repository for all those questions that have graduated. It is a community wiki answer, so add in your question here, at the end of the list once it is posted on the main site! How can I encouragingly critique my budding photography friend? Encouraging bystanders to step up How ...


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The reason, why one needs 5 reputation to participate in meta is written in the help center: Because we allow anonymous participation, we require a small bit of parent site reputation to prevent spam, and ensure that meta is for active, engaged members of the community. This was never a problem. But now we have our own sandbox in the meta, and I ...


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Where is the Sandbox? The sandbox is currently located at this meta post. Why should I use the Sandbox? Sometimes writing a clear and answerable question on the first try can be difficult. There is a much better chance of your question being well received if you post it in the sandbox first. Posting to the sandbox allows the community to give you feedback ...


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Based on what I've seen on Worldbuilding, a functional sandbox requires a few things: People to actually monitor it and help people; if sandbox users can't get prompt help they probably won't try again. Not everybody checks meta regularly, so we found that feeding new answers into our main chat room helps. People to guide askers, especially new users, to ...


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I don't want to be overly negative, but there are also examples where a sandbox isn't helping much. There is a sandbox on Programming Puzzles and Code Golf, where users can post their questions for others to review, before they get posted for real. In theory. In practice the sandbox gets little traffic in the form of reviews, leaving most of the criticisms ...


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I think this is a great idea. Having a sandbox would allow not only new, but all users with questions that they're not sure how to ask get them fleshed out, and ready for the actual site. As a point, people who answer questions tend to stick to very specific points on questions, not actually answering the question but addressing different and too specific ...


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Most importantly you'd need users who are having trouble asking questions who are willing to put in the time to workshop their question and receive help from others in making it a good fit for the site. The easiest way to do this is to reach out to users who are about to have their questions closed and offer suggestions on how to get them reopened. Suggest ...


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You can't have a "sandbox" post on the main site; it would be an off-topic question, and it would have to be exempted from the rules. In the words of another wise user I know, special casing sucks. Also, if anyone answers or edits there, it will bump the post to the front page. We don't want that. Yes, it would be ideal to have a sandbox post here on the ...


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