I do not know if there is a way to adjust the SE software to accommodate this request, but this idea has come up REPEATEDLY in multiple meta discussions, so I'm formally proposing it.
ALL new questions start out "on hold" for 1 hour
WorldBuilding SE exists on the edge of topics that work for the SE format -- multiple people have acknowledged that. With GoodSubjective/BadSubjective, it is easy for our open-ended brainstorms to veer toward Bad, but there's a lot of Good that we want to keep. We allow for hypotheticals and we have questions where there is no "one right answer", but more where there is a "best of the several right answers".
To make this work, we need good questions, and we need to get those good questions without making new users feel picked on and to catch errors that even experienced users make.
- We need time to check a question for internal consistency.
- We need time to make sure everyone agrees what is being asked.
- We need time to format the question so that responses get the right form.
- We need to do all of those things without worrying that answers are already coming in that might be invalidated if we edit the question.
All of these would be facilitated by starting questions on hold and then releasing them when they're cleaned up. A time delay wouldn't fly on most SE sites because people need answers quickly -- StackOverflow is critical to my job, and a 1 hour delay is an hour lost from my day. But even if I'm writing on deadline, I cannot imagine needing to know the right way to make a Dyson Sphere right now. :-)
I believe a time delay would not hurt the site; moreover, I think it would substantially improve question quality.
- Is this a good idea?
- If so, can the SE software make it happen?