I had a suggestion for Ask Metafilter: a field for a one-sentence summary.
posted by WCityMike to MetaFilter-Related at 3:48 PM (24 comments total)
Ideally, people are concise; in practice, they're not. Ask Mefi is a busy forum. People are oft wont to not skim through long posts.
Having a quick one-line summary at the top that was authored by the poster themselves might serve not only to aid potential answerers in guiding them to things on which they might comment, but might also lend itself towards leading the question-asker to focus on stating their question concisely.
It'd be useful for RSS titles, and for above-the-fold breaks, etc.
The title ideally would serve as this, but the majority of the time, it is used for something quirky. If the summary was left blank, perhaps the title field might populate it, and vice versa.
I'd not suggest this for any other Metafilter subsite, but it might be useful for Ask Mefi.