The "Ask a question" wizard is now live network-wide: The new ask page is now live on the network!. Ours is very plain right now, but parts of it are customisable: (shortened; see the main Meta post for the full version)

  • The "welcome modal" for new askers (seen with the default text in screenshot 1), everything between the title and "Before you post..."
  • The full contents of the "Draft your question" sidebar
  • The text in the tag popover, between "Tags help the right people..." and the bullet points.
  • The placeholder text in the title field (text only).
  • The warning text shown in the "Review your question" sidebar, regex-based
  • Tag-related error messages, regex-based

The first step of changing these is obviously a Meta discussion, so here goes. What should we put there?

Phrasing self-plagiarised from the same question I asked on SFF's meta.

2 Answers 2


Stating in the "Draft your question" sidebar that recommendations and identification requests are off-topic would be useful, IMO. The same could be said of any of the off-topic reasons, but these two being the most common, an additional warning can't hurt.

The review phase does throw a warning if you try to add the tag (as it already used to), but is not enough by itself, as some people only tag their story-ID question with, say, or and would thus not see said warning.


Not the most important, but the "Draft your question" sidebar currently spells "tv" in lowercase letters. I'd say this should be switched to uppercase "TV". Related discussion at Is your question about tv or TV?.

The same goes for the placeholder text in the title.

  • Posting this as a separate answer since people may want to vote differently about this request than on the story-ID one.
    – Jenayah
    Commented Mar 4, 2020 at 21:02

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