Serious question – I don’t know the ins and outs of Discourse in detail – but it feels to me like a brief article that is in peoples’ faces when they start out here would be enormously valuable. There are a few conversational problems that seem to show up with enormous frequency, which might well be helped by making these points upfront:
- We’re happy to help you solve problems in your code and answer your questions, but please don’t just post your homework questions here – you have to do most of the work yourself.
- If you’re getting errors, please include those errors verbatim – exactly what they say, and which line they are pointing to.
- A precise description of how to quote code.
Maybe some others, but these are the issues that seem to be most common. The point is mainly that, if we can get these out of the way in advance, we can have more focused and helpful conversations with folks who need help.
I’d be happy to collaborate with others on actual wordsmithing – the question is, is it possible to do this within Discourse in the first place?