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Include a line hinting what to ask below the logo

It seems like there's a ton of people on SO who don't understand what it is for, and then the community chastises them for screwing up by asking a bad question.

So what about a post/notification at the top, explaining how to use SO, that gets removed once you reach like 50 or 100 rep?

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marked as duplicate by Josh Caswell, jmort253, jonsca, Blorgbeard, Sathya Aug 20 '12 at 8:07

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That's not a bad idea, however I'm afraid it's going to be yet another document people will somehow fail to read before asking. You know, just like the FAQ... –  Yannis Aug 19 '12 at 15:40
    
I attempted something similar but didn't get much traction then either. I think something is necessary. –  Dave Newton Aug 19 '12 at 15:45
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All "newbies" have to read some stuff before they can post a question. And they have to tick the checkmark stating they have read it. –  PeeHaa Aug 19 '12 at 15:49
    
There's plenty of Just in Time help around SO; there are "hey, here's how to ask/answer" pages when you first try to post a question/answer, and IIRC, you're also directed to the FAQ –  Ben Brocka Aug 19 '12 at 15:49
    
Yet more grey beard downvoting because they think new users should just "get it" (and they probably think new users 'deserve' a bit of chastising simply for being new users - "keeps 'em in line" or some such.) even though the SO interface is a poster child for bad/incoherent interface design. Ugh. –  skinnyTOD Aug 20 '12 at 1:34

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This is just because people don't want to read out the documentation of SOFAQ. I don't think that people will read it while SE has wrote down a good documentation for all network sites on their FAQ link.

While they have put the notification when you about to ask a question. And the same for a newbie when he/she click the Answer button to answer a question.

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Then there should no problem at all to use SO or other SE network site for a newbie.

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Down voter please care to comment what is wrong with it? –  avirk Aug 19 '12 at 15:58
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Hi avirk, I didn't downvote, but I suspect the vote might be because it's not clear what you're trying to say. The banner is already present, as evidenced by your screenshot. The last paragraph is very confusing, at least to me. Consider making an edit to clarify. Also, keep in mind that downvoting works differently on meta. It's possible the voter simply disagrees with you, and downvotes on meta mean "I disagree". Hope this helps! :) –  jmort253 Aug 19 '12 at 17:20
    
@jmort253 I know about the downvote purpose that's why I need a little bit explanation although I have edited it as you suggested I think it would be more clear now. –  avirk Aug 20 '12 at 0:46
    
I downvoted - the screenshot you posted is a good example of BAD GUI. It is a GUI designed by programmers. If you want people to "do the right thing" then you make it easy, clear. You don't arrogantly assert that they simply RTFM. –  skinnyTOD Aug 20 '12 at 1:40
    
@skinnyTOD I don't think its arrogantly forced the newbie to live with it, just you have need to make give attention on that. If you are not giving attention on that BIG heading How to Ask then I don't think the newbie will try to notify in the notification area which is much smaller than it. However old notification method was good to notify as that was appear on the top of the site like a popup. But though newbie has a good interface to use the SE sites as they have clearly wrote down a good documentation that which kind of questions you should ask there. –  avirk Aug 20 '12 at 1:45
    
@avirk: - your comment is mostly incoherent. Seems like you are just trashing new users like the "big boys" here and hope to get stupid "rep" points by emulating bullies. Very Bad Karma. –  skinnyTOD Aug 20 '12 at 1:55
    
@skinnyTOD Not at all as sometime before I was also new user here and learned through that. –  avirk Aug 20 '12 at 1:56

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