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Re^3: Code tags warning

by Whitehawke (Pilgrim)
on Mar 14, 2005 at 22:15 UTC ( #439480=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Code tags warning
in thread Code tags warning

People quickly learn to ignore things that are always there.

One way to deal with this would be to select the wording of the message at random (a la 'fortune'). So, you might forget the code tags on four separate occasions and get a different one of the following each time:

    Code tags in your posts, 
    These are a great goodness, true
    Alas, all unfound

        (or the alternate version of the above:)
        Code tags in your posts, 
        These are a great goodness, true
        Unlike this haiku

    Code tags, code tags, wherefore art thou code tags?

    You know...that looks a lot like a code snippet, 
    but nary a code tag in sight.  You sure you want 
    to post?

    I'm sorry <username>, I'm afraid I can't do that.
    At least, not until you add some code tags.

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Re^4: Code tags warning
by Roy Johnson (Monsignor) on Mar 14, 2005 at 22:39 UTC
    I like it just for the amusement factor. But I think the fact that no message appears except when the system determines they've got untagged code, the warnings won't suffer from "always there" syndrome.

    Sadly, even if we were to randomize the hint text, it would quickly take on a background noise quality. Because it's still always there in some form, whereas the warnings would only come up when there's a reason to grab the user's attention.

    Caution: Contents may have been coded under pressure.
Re^4: Code tags warning
by NateTut (Deacon) on Mar 15, 2005 at 14:51 UTC
    I'm all for encouraging proper posting, but let's remember that newbies are the most likely to commit a posting faux pas are exactly the ones who need help the most.

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[stevieb]: agreed. That's why I said at least a half-dozen. If enough of the different formats are present, the date/time folk may not have to request more. If they do, then at least there was a decent base to start with
[stevieb]: I do date and time transformations in both Perl and Python, but not frequently enough to not have to search for the format params etc ;)

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