It appears that Tag Specific Popups are available for use across the network, and apparently they're 'trivial' to add.

Should/could we add one to ? Someone can post an answer with some suggested text, but something along the lines of 'no speculating, no questions til accident report complete, try to genericise the question, etc.'

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    $\begingroup$ Feel free to ping me when you have some copy for the popup. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 21:26
  • $\begingroup$ Can you explain how this would help? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 21, 2015 at 23:26
  • $\begingroup$ @raptortech97 There are frequently a number of questions being posted immediately after accidents, most of which need heavily editing. There are a few questions here on Meta about it. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 0:12
  • $\begingroup$ Hi @JonEricson - would you be so kind as to implement this for us please? :) Cheers! $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 19:18
  • $\begingroup$ Done. Let me know if anything needs changing. $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 22:33
  • $\begingroup$ Looks great @JonEricson, thanks! I don't suppose we can have a red background like on SO, rather than off-brown? Or is this something specific to beta sites? $\endgroup$ Commented May 1, 2015 at 0:32
  • $\begingroup$ I don't know what the background color is, but I believe it's related to the beta site theme. Is red the right choice? Seems a bit aggressive for a warning. $\endgroup$ Commented May 1, 2015 at 0:44
  • $\begingroup$ That's a good point @JonEricson - not to worry anyway; the text is the main thing. Hopefully it helps with the flurry of questions we get after accidents. Thanks for your help. $\endgroup$ Commented May 1, 2015 at 0:46
  • $\begingroup$ Makes senses @2mkgz! $\endgroup$ Commented May 1, 2015 at 1:11
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks @JonEricson! Looks neat! $\endgroup$ Commented May 1, 2015 at 5:20

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My suggestion:

Tip: Questions about accidents get better answers if they:

  • are specific (don't just ask "what happened?")

  • can be answered factually and accurately (speculating about accidents that have just happened is explicitly off-topic)

  • refer to reliable sources like aviation authorities and official accident reports

  • focus on the aviation aspects of the accident

  • $\begingroup$ as SentryRaven added to mine, I think that a reference to the off-topic page could be added also to this proposal (in particular at the first or second bullet). $\endgroup$
    – Federico
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 16:50
  • $\begingroup$ @Federico That sounds good, I updated it $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 16:53

I am in support of this. Normally I would say that we have the on-topic page to make clear what is accepted and what is not accepted on Aviation.SE, but given the amount of accident questions after real accidents, I would say this is a subtle reminder, which could help the OP reconsider or rephrase their question to meet our on-topic guidelines.


I agree as well and this is my suggestion for the tip:

Tip: questions about accidents get better answers if they:

  • are posed in a general way (focus on aspects that are relevant for the aviation community)

  • refer to official/reliable sources (Investigating authorities, final reports, AvHerald) and not to hearsay

  • don't ask for speculation or post speculation (e.g., "what could have happened?"): this is off-topic

Feel free to add anything that I might have missed

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    $\begingroup$ This looks good, but "don't focus on a specific accident" is a bit difficult. After all, there can be good, well-answered questions about specific accidents (like this one) and there's nothing wrong with asking about a particular accident if the question is precise and answerable (and not based on rumours, speculation etc.) $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 14:32
  • $\begingroup$ @Pondlife Any suggested different wording? I see what you mean, but I struggle to find a good wording... $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 14:38
  • $\begingroup$ @SentryRaven Yes, it's not easy. I was going to edit Federico's answer, but I posted my own instead so that people can see as many options as possible $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 15:23
  • $\begingroup$ @Federico Yes, I think that's better, and also a bit shorter and clearer which is probably a good thing for a pop-up! $\endgroup$
    – Pondlife
    Commented Apr 22, 2015 at 16:53

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