Recently, I seem to notice an inflow of new stories with an editorialized comment attached in the “extra context” textbox, a la reddit etc. E.g.:
This is often by oversight (see “Oh, sorry :(” replies), but adds boring busywork for mods.
My proposal, based on the “poka-yoke” ideas, is to try and give the submitters a helpful chance to do the right thing themselves. In particular, I propose to add an extra “choice” page, that would show up for a submitter iff they filled both the URL and the textbox on story submission page. They would be given an equal-weight-looking choice of 2 buttons, one of which would automatically convert the textbox contents to a comment. My initial suggestion for the layout of the page is along the lines of:
The extra commentary I added besides URL and Title is: [...a summary or opinion] [...wider context] will be converted will remain to a comment attached per /site guidelines/
I suggest that “experienced lobsters” would learn the right button as muscle memory, yet it still would trigger at least a thought in their mind if they did the right choice. If they realized too late (a.k.a. post “are you sure you want to delete?” remorse…), they could still fix it by hand while the submission is still editable.
What are tour thoughts?