As you may know, the amount of questions here that actually belong on Stack Overflow is huge. If I'm allowed a guess, it probably happens a few times a day.
Why are people posting in the wrong place?
Now, what are the reasons for this? What do these users think? (Do you have a guess why this is?)
"Hey, Stack Overflow is cool, but there's a
metalink, now that looks even more awesome, let's click it and ask there!"
What are – from your experience – the reasons for new users posting here?
And then there's this comment exchange that makes me wonder:
What could be done to prevent it?
Now, obviously those people have skipped a few reminders:
This one here:
And this one:
My question is: Is there anything that we can do to prevent people from asking in the wrong place? I know these people need a bit more than a gentle reminder and a passive note somewhere in a sidebar.
What about Jeff's question about a Simple method for reliably detecting code in text?. Would it be an option to apply this algorithm to meta questions?
if (post contains code) and (user is new) show alert ("Your question probably belongs on Stack Overflow, our Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers")
What do you think?