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I was just inspired to review our Tour page, and I find the question that's there (Why is the 70cm band commonly referred to as the 432MHz band?) to not be a great choice. It's a question about the reason for a piece of jargon, and therefore invites speculative and this-is-how-I-learned-it answers.

I propose that we replace it with a highly-voted, practical, technical question.

Unfortunately, the question and answer have to be short and plain. And this means that all of our best questions, such as the ones I've highlighted below as otherwise great questions on our site, aren't available.

Any suggestions about what to do? Is there an existing question which could be nudged into meeting the requirements? (I just went through all of our score=4 questions and voted as I saw fit, but few of those meet the 2-short-answers criterion.)

Here is a Data Explorer query which lists questions that almost meet the criteria. They could be made to meet it by adding one or more of: upvotes, tags, comments, or a second short-and-plain answer.

(Another part of the tour that is open for per-site editing is the “Ask about…” and “Don't ask about…” lists further down. I'd also like to hear about improvements there.)

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Here's a few options:

Of these, I would think the first would be the best option, as it's a decent question, with a few good short answers.

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  • $\begingroup$ Other than votes: The SSN Q is ineligible because the longer answer is twice as long as the limit. (This could be fixed by making up another short answer.) The SWL Q is ineligible because it has monospace. (This could be fixed by formatting it some other way, but that seems wrong.) $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jul 22 '15 at 13:25
  • $\begingroup$ Wow, the limit is really short... That could be tricky. Hmmm... $\endgroup$ – PearsonArtPhoto Jul 22 '15 at 13:28
  • $\begingroup$ (Note: Even though I proposed “fixes”, I'd really like to get almost-entirely-natural better content in the tour page.) $\endgroup$ – Kevin Reid AG6YO Jul 22 '15 at 13:43
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(Just making notes for now...)

How do club codes stay secret? is a near miss; it seems decent, has no extra formatting, but both the question and one of the answers are a bit over the 400 character limit.

How can I prevent my mobile radio from draining my vehicle's battery? is perfectly eligible — except there's another requirement I missed before: there must be a comment on one of the answers. Great. How do you add a comment on something that doesn't need to be changed, that's not a bad example?

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Hurrah!

New questions have become eligible, and we now have a better question in the tour:

Are there ways for people with receivers to participate in contests?

It's not a Perfect Specimen of a SE Question, but it's more practical and less subjective than the old question. I'm happy.

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