I would like to propose a new StackExchange network feature: The Discussion Boards.
Every question would have a button: Propose for Discussion. After five users (or one moderator) clicks this button, a special thread is created in a micro Discourse install.
This would allow users to discuss posts and similar in more of a forum-like environment. Basically, it's a better combination of comments and chat discussions.
After a Discussion is voted into existence, it has 30 days to live. In these 30 days, users would be able to post things, talk about what worked, what didn't, etc. After the 30 days end, the thread is locked and the question is no longer able to be opened to a Forum. (Moderators will be able to re-open questions for discussion).
Users must have at least 100 reputation to use the forum, and must have at least 500 to vote to open a discussion. Moderators will be able to lock, delete, or otherwise do what they want to the threads.
There should also be a button called Move to Answer. After five users click this button, the post in the forum is automatically moved to the Q/A thread as an answer. Moderators will be able to instant-migrate.
Question askers will have a similar button: Move to Answer and Accept. This button will convert the post to an answer and will also auto-mark it as accepted. This would be good for questions that are answered in a discussion board (ie a workaround).
These forums should be kept on-topic, and used only for discussing answers. Flags will be handled by a community moderator.
Community editing would be disabled, however moderators will still be able to do whatever.
| | <100 Rep | 100-499 Rep | 500-9999 Rep | 10k+ Rep | Question OP | ♦ Moderators | |-------------------------------- |---------- |------------- |-------------- |---------- |------------- |-------------- | | Discussion Rules | | | | | | | | Vote to Start Discussion | | + | + | + | | + | | Post in Discussion | | + | + | + | + | + | | Vote for Move2Answer | | | + | + | + | | | Move2Answer + Accept | | | | | + | | | | | | | | | | | Posting Rules | | | | | | | | Post Links (<2) | | + | + | + | + | + | | Post Links (2+) | | + | + | + | + | + | | Post Images | | + | + | + | + | + | | Edit Posts | | Own | Own | + | Own | + | | | | | | | | | | Moderation Rules | | | | | | | | Flag Posts | | + | + | + | + | | | Lock Threads | | | | Vote | Vote | + | | Delete Posts | | | | Vote | | + | | Delete Threads | | | | | | + | | Block Question from Discussion | | | | | | + | | Handle Flags | | | | Limited | | + | | Force Start Discussion | | | | | | + | | Force Move2Answer | | | | | | + |