From time to time, we see users posting placeholder questions using one of the templates. They have no useful information to add, so they just leave the template as is, which is very logical behaviour. However, that leaves other users to scan a wall of text to see if there's any meaningful information to act upon.
The moderator team feels it's better if those placeholder questions are just one or two sentences stating the author's intent. Therefore, we'd like to propose a modification to the templates, and we'd like your input about this. This is the template we're considering, and we're especially interested in what you can add where it's currently saying
[ more things here].
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When posted, it would look like this:
The [App | Script | Library] is currently under development and / or only meant for private use.
When the author of this App, Script, or Library is ready, they will update this post.
Please note that the template can only be used when posting a new question; that's why it should definitely be in the initial revision; it makes little sense to ask users to make a new question once their app is ready for prime time (or ask them to copy over the template from the Ask Question page into their existing question).
When we've reached community consensus about this, we'll tag this status-review to ask staff to consider adjusting the templates.