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Enlarging the chance that clarification-question comments would be modular

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Even threaded, asking two or more clarification questions in one comment can be frustrating (and a miscommunication bias) for an OP, especially if the OP doesn't speak English as a native language and/or if the OP is feeling "haunted".

Since the community can't really control how many clarification questions are being written in one comment, I suggest to consider these options:

  • Printing a small hint like We suggest to ask just one clarification question per thread
  • Asking the commenter Is your comment a question? and if the commenter hits "yes" than a the question would be inserted under a What is your clarification question? title with a button labeled Ask another clarification question appearing under the question for a case of need, similar to "add another file" button after uploading an image to a local file tree
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I don't understand your problem. In which way are two comments with one question each better than one... (1 comment)

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While I somewhat agree with your concerns I don't think providing some additional system that checks comments is a good idea (second suggestions). Especially across all communities.

Here is my thoughts:

  • Such hint would annoy some users, myself included. The less system intrudes to communication between users than better. I'm tired of "clever" things that "knows" better what my intents are.

  • Communities are totally different. What seems inappropriate for one can be absolutely normal for another. Moreover different rules can be applied to different categories within one community.

  • Even if such system is implemented nothing can stop a user from writing a comment with many Qs.


It seems to me that you're trying to solve problem before it's even occurred. Maybe it would be better to return to this Q when it's right time?

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+1 just for the first bullet! (1 comment)

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