We see malformed posts here on a daily basis, very often from newcomers who haven't yet learned about <code> tags. The editors
spend a fair amount of time cleaning up malformed posts, but still the posts come.
I wonder if there isn't a simple way to avoid many malformed posts. All we would need to do would be to apply some proactive education in the right place.
What if, below each <TEXTAREA> for entering and updating nodes, there appeared a brief summary of tag and entity conventions. It could appear based on a user setting that could be turned off once someone knew there way around (and was past the point of not knowing about posting conventions).
The summary might read:
Please read _______ before making your first post.
Use <p> to separate paragraphs, or <br> to force a line break.
Use <code> .. </code> tags around code fragments. These work like
<pre> tags, which you should not use.
Use <b>bold</b> for bold text, and <i>italic</i> for italic.
To link to a node, use [id://node_id] or [id://node_id|optional words]
To link externally, use [http://www.example.com/|optional words]
Links are disabled within <code> tags.
Outside of <code> tags, use [ and ] for [ and ].
See _________ for additonal details. To disable this summary, uncheck _____ in your user settings.
Does this seem reasonable? If so, what kinds of things would you like to see in a such a summary?