'Saviour' of Lost Souls

Meta Stack Exchange sees a lot of 'lost souls', users who have no idea that they're on Meta (e.g. because of a suboptimal email or a Stack Overflow question ban) and post a question which might or might not be on-topic on another Stack Exchange site. For many Meta regulars, moderating these questions involves one or more of the following steps:

  • downvoting the question (because it needs to have a score of -3 or lower for fast deletion)
  • flagging or voting to close the question as off-topic
  • leaving a comment in the following style:

Welcome to Meta! I'm not sure which search brought you here but the problem you describe will not be answered on this specific site. To get an answer from users that have the expertise about the topic of your question you'll have to find and then re-post on the proper site. Check How do I ask a good question and What is on topic on the target site to make sure your post is in good shape. Your question is definitely off-topic on Meta and is better deleted here.

  • if the question is closed, vote to delete it

To minimize the effort involved in this process, I've created the 'Saviour' of Lost Souls. This userscript will add a link to the post menu, which (upon confirmation) will perform the applicable actions.

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developed & tested with Violentmonkey on Firefox

  • Can you please add a feature to post a [tag:cv-pls] link message in Tavern on the Meta? – gparyani Nov 17 at 15:23
  • @gparyani excellent idea. IIRC one of the SOCVR scripts has a similar functionality, it should be easy to adapt it to this situation. – Glorfindel Nov 17 at 15:25
  • I don't like this particular canned comment, and I don't want it to be in widespread use. Can you please un-hard-code it from your script, and instead add a blank prompt to enter it? It would also be great if you added a community wiki answer where users can compile and post their examples of comments. – gparyani Nov 17 at 15:36
  • Yes, that will be configurable at some point. I chose this comment because I was already using it before the script; I was already using it because some other people used very similar comments. If you can arrange some kind of consensus among the Meta regulars, either in the Tavern or on Meta.SE itself, about what the comment should look like, I can update the script to use that as a default. – Glorfindel Nov 17 at 15:40
  • Er, I was asking for a blank field, where the user can enter one themselves. We can compile examples in a CW answer, which is acceptable here on Stack Apps. – gparyani Nov 17 at 15:41
  • A blank field would be one of the configurable options, yes. But then I need to mess with the Stack Exchange UI, which is a lot harder than executing simple POST calls. I'll let you know when this feature is available, but why not post a Q&A on Meta.SE right now, so that people without userscripts can profit? Similar to math.meta.stackexchange.com/q/4925/228959 – Glorfindel Nov 17 at 15:43

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