I would like to propose to remove the answer directory from the Sandbox. It seems that:

  • It's never up to date.
  • It takes a lot of unnecessary vertical space.
  • I have no indication that anyone is actually using it.

If you're using it to find your own proposals, there is a much better way: simply use this search query which I'll gladly link in the sandbox post. If you're actually using it to look for others' proposals (and find the list invaluable for that), I'd like to hear that.

Let me know your opinions/objections in comments or answers.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Yes please. I often look for new sandboxed questions but can not recall ever using the directory instead of just sorting by active. (30^3-3 :D) \$\endgroup\$ – Calvin's Hobbies Apr 29 '15 at 23:30
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    \$\begingroup\$ Wait a minute. I've never used them, but why not use a Stack Snippet that shows all the posts edited within the last 2 weeks or so, and (again, have not used them) sorts them by tag in the header? \$\endgroup\$ – ASCIIThenANSI Apr 30 '15 at 0:10
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    \$\begingroup\$ @ASCIIThenANSI That's certainly possible. But my main takeaway from your comment is "I've never used them". So unless it turns out that this list is actually a useful tool to anyone I don't see why anyone would want go through the effort of writing such a snippet. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Apr 30 '15 at 8:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner By "I've never used them" I mean Stack Snippets. I use the list to see what new challenges pop up, but I wasn't sure whether or not it could be done with Stack Snippets. \$\endgroup\$ – ASCIIThenANSI Apr 30 '15 at 13:39

I'm very happy with getting rid of the list of answers and replacing them with a few useful links instead. No more manual updating, and no more scrolling for a fortnight to get past the question.

I would find it very useful to have the link to your own answers that MartinBüttner suggests. This one is also sorted by active, so you can see what you have been working on most recently at the top.

We could also include links for reviewing just one tag type:

: Link to KotH answers sorted by active

: Link to golf answers sorted by active

  • \$\begingroup\$ I think these links will serve as a good replacement. \$\endgroup\$ – PhiNotPi Apr 30 '15 at 11:58
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    \$\begingroup\$ This might actually work better than anything else. The only thing left is to get people to put tags in or near their headers, so we can see the titles. \$\endgroup\$ – ASCIIThenANSI Apr 30 '15 at 13:41
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    \$\begingroup\$ You could add the term is:answer for the search links. \$\endgroup\$ – randomra Apr 30 '15 at 13:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ @randomra fantastic thank you - I've updated the links to reflect is:answer \$\endgroup\$ – trichoplax Apr 30 '15 at 14:55

Use a Stack Snippet instead

This was a very popular comment of mine, so I'm turning it into a post.

I think that Stack Snippets could be the way to go here. It (mostly) solves the current list's problems:

It's never up to date.

One possible solution to this was my community wiki idea, but that's still work. A Stack Snippet that searches through the Sandbox would always be up to date every time you ran it.

It takes up a lot of unnecessary vertical space.

Stack Snippets would be compact, like all the others on the website, so it doesn't take up much room (and you can always use 'full page'.)

I have no indication anyone is actually using it.

My guess is that no one uses it because of the other two problems. Because you need 1000 rep to edit it (since meta doesn't allow suggested edits), it's time-consuming to handle (for the posters and the editors). It's also very long, so no one has the time to scroll through all those posts.

What do you think?

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    \$\begingroup\$ You might be right that no one is using it because it's not up to date. But even so I'm not sure what benefit the stack snippet would provide over a) just looking at the sandbox sorted by active or b) using the site's own search with the restriction inquestion:2140, which is a lot more flexible than a Stack Snippet could ever be. So no, I personally don't think it's a good idea, and we can use this opportunity to educate people about the advanced search features instead. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender May 2 '15 at 17:48
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner You've got me there. Personally, I didn't know that you could use inquestion:2140 to search through the Sandbox. You may also want to add this whole question to the Sandbox body, before we remove the entire list. \$\endgroup\$ – ASCIIThenANSI May 2 '15 at 17:50
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    \$\begingroup\$ This is not a bad idea, but I'm with Martin in the doubt that a stack snippet list would be viewed any more than the current one. I say we remove the directory and add a snippet later on if it seems necessary. \$\endgroup\$ – Calvin's Hobbies May 3 '15 at 5:14
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Calvin'sHobbies I'm in favor, but before we do that, we should link the users to this page, so they can know what's going on. \$\endgroup\$ – ASCIIThenANSI May 3 '15 at 5:25

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