Proposed For Group Consideration:
That A&E SE post a Feature Request on Meta Stack Exchange to (1) have links to our “Help Center” and “Asking Help” pages placed in additional high profile locations on A&C SE; (2) change the wording of the “Asking Help” link button; (3) increase the noticability / visibility of the “Help” link in the SE Banner.
PROPOSAL PROTOTYPE - A JUMPING OFF PLACE:
An identified problem at A&E is the high frequency of off-topic posts, such as questions about art in general, art history, or art theory, or questions not limited to applied technique or the solving of a specific practical problem. In response, members are discussing 2 main possible solutions: 1) a name change to make the exact scope of the forum clear to new questioners from the outset, or 2) formally broadening the range of topics within the forum’s scope so that these sorts of questions can be allowed.
This proposal dovetails well with the stated need to increase new questioners’ understanding of the scope of questions A&C allows. By improving new questioners’ awareness of and access to the “How to Ask” help topics, we hope to improve the appropriateness and quality of questions.
Currently the “How to Ask” help topics are accessed two ways: 1) through the “Ask a Question” Link, which is prominent at the top of the Main Content column on the Home page, the Questions page, and the Unanswered Questions page; 2) through the Help Link (a small grey circle with a question mark in it) in the SE Banner.
It is obvious that the noticeability / visibility / accessibility of these two link locations is inadequate. This is born out in our statistics which demonstrate that we have a high amount of inappropriate and poorly constructed questions [insert data categories here including closed and held questions, ], showing that new questioners are not accessing the “How to Ask” information. We believe this is at least partly due to the links not being sufficiently noticeable / visible / accessible, and the link wording of “Asking Help” being unclear.
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1) Suggested Locations:
Left Hand “Local Navigation” List (which is visible wherever you navigate within A&C SE.) Given that there is so much room in this location, and that it is high profile and ubiquitously visible, this would be an ideal solution to the noticeability / visibility / accessibility problem.
Remain in “Help” Link in SE Banner, but make the Help Link more visible / noticeable.
Remain on the “Ask a Question” form page.
2) “Asking Help” Link Wording
- The link wording, “Asking Help”, is grammatically ambiguous, hindering its use. We propose it be changed to “How to Ask”. https://crafts.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-ask
3) “Help” Link Noticeability / Visibility
- The small grey circle with a question mark in it is not noticeable, and hard to find. We propose that the icon be a fluorescent color and a larger size.
Thank you for taking our proposal into serious consideration.
~Arts and Crafts Stack Exchange Membership