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We discuss the Negative votes without explanation here. I think it is related to many challenges generally in the SO framework. In the answer, I propose how to improve collaboration here such that the users know how work between the body and the title.

I think the body is a place which tries to help the user to find a solution the title. There can be helper questions, one sided approach, anything that the user finds useful to solve the problem. I think it would be great if there would be the following description in the Description of the body

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This is your Sandbox - the Body. Make it match your question/topic in Title well. Feel free to Use helper questions and diagrams to describe the challenge.

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This is the Body. Make it match your question/topic in Title well. Feel free to Use helper questions and diagrams to describe the challenge.

What do you think? Should we include some description what is the body for users?

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I agree that the relationship between title and body can be interesting (and almost non-existent in some Qs). However, many of the issues you mention should be clear from reading How do I ask a good question? (but in rather implicit terms), for instance that the body should be used to clarify the question, to give background and maybe examples. I also think that the term sandbox should be avoided for the body, since it would give the impression that this area is some sort of testing ground. In my eyes, this is where the actual, well-formed question is formulated. The title is just what it is - a title.

Either way, I think an addition to the "Ask Question" page to clarify the purpose of title/body could be useful. At the moment, you mostly get formatting tips for the body, not nothing on what the body should contain. Of the two, I like your second alternative better, and would suggest something like (e.g. as greyed-out text in the question box or in the right hand margin):

Use this area to develop your question and provide some background. Make sure the questions here matches your Title. Feel free to use examples, subquestions, figures and diagrams to clarify your question.

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  • $\begingroup$ Thank you for your comment! Title is officially "[Y]our biology question", not just title. I offered 2nd description for the body. I think the title should include the main question. The body should offer helper questions and/or cases to formulate the situation in some approach. $\endgroup$ Oct 20 '14 at 2:33

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