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Re^2: Put some of the posting guidelines directly above the posting form:

by cavac (Curate)
on Dec 09, 2011 at 23:27 UTC ( #942746=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Put some of the posting guidelines directly above the posting form:
in thread Put some of the posting guidelines directly above the posting form:

++ for a proposal that might accomplish its goal.

Ok how about this: There are two forms for posting. The current one (with all that formatting stuff) will be the "advanced" and "reply" forms.

Anonymous and freshly registered users get a special form for posting new questions. This form does not take formating, but has multiple text fields, labeled "your question", "code", "input data" and "expected output". While none of these except "your question" and the title are required fields (can be left blank), they probably would suggest to most users what we actually need. Then, at submitting, PM would automatically put the fields in their correct formatting.

More experienced users, from Level (?) onward can change their settings to use the "advanced free formatting form" or something which allows all freedoms as it is now.

Of course, editing already posted questions would still use the free format textfield, too. Just the initial form for posting a new question would be the new "smarter" form.

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Re^3: Put some of the posting guidelines directly above the posting form:
by chrestomanci (Priest) on Dec 15, 2011 at 21:48 UTC

    ++

    That is a good idea.

    I have noticed that the public bug submission forms of many open source projects adopt a similar approach.

    One thing, is that I don't think the advanced form should be restricted to uses above a certain level, instead just bury the option of which submit form should be used in the preferences under a slightly cryptic name, and the documentation about how to change the preference and why you would want to in the guide to the Monastery.

    Any one who reads all those fine manuals, is likely to RTFM before posting, so we don't need to force them to lay out their question in a particular style.

      I have noticed that the public bug submission forms of many open source projects adopt a similar approach.

      That's where i got the idea ;-)

      One thing, is that I don't think the advanced form should be restricted to uses above a certain level, instead just bury the option of which submit form should be used in the preferences under a slightly cryptic name,

      Which would implicitly force any Anonymous Monk to use the "guided" form, without any (technical) limitations for registered monks. I like it!

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