As another month goes by the moderation team has been discussing a list of topics to hopefully improve user experience within the community. The topics for this month includes:
A plan to deprecate music id-requests and what we're planning to do with similar "help me" style questions.
A barebones proposal for a bounty board system in order to collect and push topics the community would more likely enjoy having.
Some organizational work with site policies, specifically about how we plan to categorize existing policies, deprecated one, and propose new ones moving forward.
The road to music id-request deprecation
The topic of id-requests are much maligned across many Stack Exchange communities including ours. The basic sentiment seems to be that these questions are very localized to the individual and don't really provide anything for other people.
A common adjective people within the SE communities use to describe these questions is "vampiric". They leech resources and attention from elsewhere that could be applied elsewhere. The frequency of these questions are a turn-off to many and overtime has been one of many factors contributing to users becoming disengaged with the community.
We will now be deprecating these types of questions starting with music identification requests as we feel that don't provide anything meaningful for users to return to.
These questions typically contribute to an "one and done, ask and leave" type interaction that paints the community as more of a help desk than a Q&A site.
We'd like users to stick around and use the site as a resource to not only help themselves but help others, but these types of questions typically just result in short one line, and/or link only type questions that don't provide much context on why the answer maybe correct.
For now we are only moving to deprecate music id-request questions due to their prevalence but we will also be looking a similar questions of the same style. Some examples (but not limited to) would question like "where can I find/watch/stream/buy X merch/show/disc set" type questions and merchandise/cosplay/itasha id-reqs.
We will be implementing the following procedure:
Making a note in the help center and tour of the off-topicness
Provide a policy post noting and explaining the reason like we did with regular requests
Providing a [feature-request] for the CMS historical lock all current and older questions. Either deleting all unanswered music id-request questions and/or post with removing low question/answer score
Edit the existing close reason for id-requests to include a mention and link to the policy about music requests
The post here is to solicit feedback, comments, or objections about the proposed depreciation, with action expected to be taken a month from now, if there are no major objections. Any chances otherwise to the procedure will be made iteratively. Please leave your thoughts and comments as an answer to this post.
A proposal for a bounty board system to find questions the community would like to see more of
The bounty board system is an attempt by the moderation team of this community to seek a focal point where users can propose types of topics for questions they like to hear and also provide a rep bounty reward for those who provide good and interesting questions and answers. The intent is in part to gather ideas and gauge interest on potential topics to ask and also spread the site ripe amongst the community to grow the active user base and give more users access to the tools to help with moderation of the community.
This is still very much a work in progress and might not be feasible in the long run but it's and idea we'd like to float and try out.
Bounties change ever month.
Moderation staff will look at providing a base set of topics for bounties each month. Staff can provide 2-3 topics per month, along talking points examples to get started.
All normal user to contribute bounties on specific topics related to anime and manga. Can suggest topics can be series or genres they want to see more of or hear about.
Users band together and pool rep for bounties to find answers to existing questions as well.
Bounty rep minimum: 100-300 rep minimum, up to 1000 rep for staff bounties. Bonuses for great questions and answers.
Bounties must be elected by the user that takes them. They can do so by post a reply to the bounty board with intent to post or link to their question.
Users have about a week to make a post related to the topic. Users may withdraw but they need to explicitly make notice within a week’s time. No penalty for withdrawals. A bit like a contract.
A suggested system to better tag and organize site policies
Since the inception of the site from Area 51 thru our graduation, and design graduation, there have been a lot of changes to policies, new, old, and now deprecated. We realize that we haven't really done a good job in keeping track of what policies are where and how up to date they are. The typical process has been just to search and trudge thru the results for the one you're looking for. We find this process to inefficient and a bit tedious.
We're looking are ways to better tag questions based on what the community has been accepted. There's also been some ambiguity in what is policies are generally accepted by the community and what's still disputed or just up in the air. We're looking to implement clearer guidelines for what is accepted and what is not.
For policy tagging, we are looking to implement the following procedures to new and existing posts.
Retagging post with accepted policy with policy-accepted for community accepted policies.
New tagging for proposing future policy policy-suggestion for new policy suggestions.
For policies that have no-consensus (a proposed criteria will be explained below) policy-deferred.
For rejected policy suggestions posts policy-declined
For policies that needs clarification or an update policy-clarification, including old policies that are a bit dated due to changes within the network
For policies that are old and or outdated policy-deprecated
As a catch all for other policy post that don’t fall under any of the above categories policy-other
We'll be doing categorizing and tagging existing posts based on this manually so it may take a bit of time to get things all in order due to the amount of meta posts that currently exist.
Acceptance criteria for policies moving forward
I'd like to propose using using vote score on the policy proposal, at least 5, ideally 10 vote score to secure consensus and be considered accepted by the community.
Policy proposals (in the question body or in an answer to a clarification question about a policy) should be given at least a week's time for review (more if it is a major policy change, at least a month) before they are regarded as accepted, regardless of the amount of votes on the post.
If there are objections or concerns that need to be addressed, they should be upvoted (be it an answer or comment) to bring attention to them. A policy cannot be considered accepted until these concerns or objection are at least address in a satisfactory manner. If the concerns or objections were made without reasonable merit, an explanation must be made to address it.
If a policy cannot reach a consensus (at least 5 vote score) cannot be made within a months time, the policy will be regarded as "disputed" (<5 vote score, with up and down votes or low amount of upvotes), or "declined" (0 or negative total vote score) and regarded as not accepted (set as policy-declined or policy-deferred). Revisions can still be made and can be open for re-review at a later time (will need to readd policy-suggestion to the post).
Feedback from the community on the such a proposal would be appreciated. There are likely quite a few kinks and wrinkles that need to be worked out and ironed out, so will take all reasonable feedback in considering as we look to implement such a process.
Anime Tidbit of the Month:
Ever what wondered if the iconic anime/manga glare (¬_¬) had a name? It does. It's called a "jitome" (ジト目) it comes from the Japanese onomatopoeic expression for staring (じと～っ) which is from じっとり (damp, as in clammy feeling). It's typically used as a negative expressions of contempt, suspicion, rebelliousness, amazement, or plotting. It's differentiated from the typical glare (睨む) by having the nuisance of being more of piercing glance than a typical glare, depicting clear hostility or dissatisfaction. Aside from the realm of light novels along with anime and manga, this term is not often used in the literature.