I've been browsing stack exchange for some time, and I keep on seeing questions that begin with some form of this message:
Hi, I'm new to this website and I'm not sure if this question is in the right place. If it isn't, could you move it to the right site? Thanks.
[actual question goes here]
To be clear, these users aren't posting this in the chat or in the meta, which I wouldn't have a problem with; instead, they are posting it in the actual main site, right in front of their question that they are unsure about whether it's in the right place.
I have a few problems with this:
- It's not relevant to the question.
- It would be better if that issue was resolved before they asked the question.
- The main site isn't the place for this: it should be asked in the meta or the chat (yes, I know that a user needs a certain amount of reputation to post in the chat or the meta: I'll discuss that later).
Since the people who posts these messages are usually new users, I think that what should happen is that they need a nudge in the right direction. So, what I propose is that, if a message begins or ends with a message similar to the one posted above, when that message is submitted, the system automatically gives the user a message like this:
Hi, you said in your question that you weren't sure whether your question was in the right place. This site is for
[insert relevant portion of the faq here], so if your question is not on topic, then it might be better if you asked it on another site.
A lot of people ask questions that would be better off on
[list the sites where questions are most frequently migrated], so make sure that your question wouldn't be a better fit there.
If you still aren't sure, then you should ask in the
[include link here to the chat, that, if the user clicks it, directs them to a special chat room that only they and the moderators/above 10k users can use, so that the new user can get their question cleared up], where a moderator or an active user should be able to answer your question.
If you are sure that your question is in the right place, then please go back and remove the part in your question where you asked if it was, so that your question will be better received. If this filter was in error, then continue and post your question.
I think that will clear up a lot of new user questions, and make a lot of questions a lot better and less redundant.
Edit: here's a list of Google searches that demonstrates that this problem exists: