This answer to Is death due to drug-induced respiratory arrest painful? made me think we need a banner that can be added to questions that basically says if you are thinking about suicide please get some help and then have links website and/or phone numbers.

To clarify my position, I think there are questions that are pretty clearly asking about suicide. I think these should be rapidly closed with a comment providing help and a flag for moderators to call in the SE team so they can do their thing. The linked question is not one of those, in my opinion. I think it is asking a real on-topic question and that the user has no intention of committing suicide. That said, a future user looking to commit suicide might someday find the question. I would like to see a banner on these types of question so that future users who might be thinking about suicide can get the help they need.

  • @JohnP in terms of content, that is what I was thinking, but the application would be to preface questions that may be found by people considering suicide
    – StrongBad
    Nov 1, 2017 at 20:17
  • Mmmm...not sure it's really appropriate. If you have a question on Academics about how to better catch students you suspect of plagiarizing, do you put a disclaimer on it so any students seeing would know how to better plagiarize? That's not the best example, sorry.
    – JohnP
    Nov 1, 2017 at 20:38
  • @JohnP the example is close, but we don't have a special handling procedure for questions asking about how to cheat.
    – StrongBad
    Nov 1, 2017 at 20:46
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    True, I was trying to come up with an equivalent, and there isn't really a good one. One thing to consider though, is would a banner disclaimer have the opposite effect? i.e. "Since there's a disclaimer, this must be a GREAT method to do that!"
    – JohnP
    Nov 1, 2017 at 20:48
  • @JohnP maybe (you could make that an answer), but then the header on the linked answer should be deleted.
    – StrongBad
    Nov 1, 2017 at 20:53
  • This is an interesting question, for sure. I'd be interested in Shog's take on it, or another CM. I was just about to suggest it be an overall meta rather than just here, but not sure it's really sitewide applicable.
    – JohnP
    Nov 1, 2017 at 20:59
  • @JohnP I asked a question about suicide questions on meta once, not doing that again.
    – StrongBad
    Nov 1, 2017 at 21:02
  • Heh. DV to oblivion...
    – JohnP
    Nov 1, 2017 at 21:04

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I have tried to substitute a banner with my headline and I hope it will work well. My intention was not that the OP was about to commit suicide but that parts of the answer could be seen as a guide and hence I included the banner. I was considering for a long time whether to post at all.

The substitute will suffice. A banner is handy and neat, but not deeply needed.

In my honest opinion, we have so many unresolved feature requests that are neither declined nor accepted that I would prioritise:

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