I'll cut straight to the point here:
We must do something about the Sandbox, and soon
The Sandbox recently hit 2000 non-deleted answers (5700 total). That's over 2000 potential challenges festering in some corner of the Internet, most likely not going to be posted for years, if ever.
I'm proposing that we, as a community, spend a week cleaning up the Sandbox.
The problem with the Sandbox
The Sandbox is intended to be a place where people can post challenge proposals, in order to get feedback before posting to main. However, the fact that there over 2000 proposals in one place means that, most of the time, people's challenges don't get the feedback they need, and suffer for it on main. Its size is preventing the Sandbox from becoming effective.
In addition to this, it's a store for a large number of potential questions, yet people are complaining about the low number of questions being posted per day. Cleaning it up, even just a little, can help solve both of these issues
This is just my idea for a plan for cleaning up. Feel free to suggest alternatives in answers
This is laid out in progressive steps e.g.
1. is the first thing we do.
Lock the Sandbox. It is possible to lock a question to prevent new answers. If we lock the Sandbox for a week while cleaning it up, it prevents new answers for being posted, which would then need to be held in consideration.
Everyone who has a post in the Sandbox goes through their posts, marking each into one of four categories. Be harsh. If you end up thinking "Will I ever post that?", delete it. If you change your mind, you can repost afterwards. The categories:
- Ready to post - These are posts, which after a few edits, would be perfectly fine to post on Main. Example
- In progress - These are posts which are still being worked on, but aren't ready for Main just yet. Example
- Delete - A lot of posts in the Sandbox aren't worth posting, or can't really be salvaged, no matter the amount of editing. Example
- Open to anyone - Some people don't want to post a challenge, but are willing to let others post. Do this, if you're not sure about a challenge. Example
This will just leave the posts where the authors are no longer active. Here, we post a comment below the challenge saying something like
You have 48 hours to decide what to do with the post, else it will be part of the Sandbox clean up (link to meta post). Please mark it appropriately, as you see fit.
Any posts which haven't been updated 48 hours after such a comment is posted can either be deleted, or, if someone else wants to post it, be adopted.
Finally, after all this, all Sandbox posts will be categorised. We then follow through on each of these categories, posting to main and deleting. Downvote and Vote To Delete posts due for deletion. If you can't vote to delete, downvote and others will.
In short (not really short, but ¯\_(ツ)_/¯): Everyone trawls through the entire Sandbox, acting on each post, relating to how it's categorised. The most important thing here is In progress posts. Give them feedback! Be a brutal and as honest as you want, that's what the Sandbox is for! (Although Be Nice). We should aim to make almost all In progress posts be ready to post to main.
If you wish to adopt a unadopted post, edit your username in, next to the Open to anyone, like so:
Open to anyone: taken by caird coinheringaahing
Please don't steal posts from other people; there's no reason to.
Hopefully, by the end of the time we do this in, the Sandbox will be reduced to around 6000 deleted proposals, with 100 or so In progress posts that can't be either posted or deleted yet. At this point, the moderators create a new Sandbox post, migrating the remaining answers across to start a new Sandbox post.
Hopefully, if we do this right, this will kill two birds with one stone:
- The Sandbox has been a big issue, and is getting too big to maintain properly
- We should be posting more questions
What does the community think about this? Do you have a better idea of how we can clean up the Sandbox? Please, post it as an answer!