In case you missed it: this blog post is currently featured on the right-hand side of the page: Stack Overflow Isn’t Very Welcoming. It’s Time for That to Change.
In a footnote, the author says:
This post focuses on Stack Overflow, but most of it applies to the broader Stack Exchange network as well.
In the post, this was proposed for Stack Overflow:
Let’s make it easier for new users to succeed. No, I’m not shifting the blame. We set them up for failure, and our power users have been asking us to help them for ages. We’re planning to test a new “beginner” ask page that breaks the question box into multiple fields – one for each of the key things answerers need to help:
- “What did you want to happen?”
- “What actually happened? (Include any error details)”
- “Paste the shortest block of code that reproduces the problem. (We’ll format it!)”
- “Describe what you’ve tried so far (including searches, etc.)”
Let's think about working up some guidelines that we can point people to, and think about what we'd like to see if this rolls out to the main SE sites.
"Describe what you've tried so far" translates directly to what we do, and is something I wish they would implement right now.
For the three things that SO is asking about coding, what would our equivalent be?
See also MetaStackExchange: Can we tinker with the "beginner question" multi-field format for other sites too?