As I was reading new questions for my tags on SO I saw one commenter mention the OP's acceptance rate and another commenter tell a newbie to use the homework tag. Folks who make the effort to participate on MSO would know not to do these things but it seems that the way we're currently educating the broader SO community is to flag comments when one of the Dos and Don'ts have been violated. That communication process seems to me to be glacial in speed and almost guaranteeing pockets of Do's and Don'ts ignorance on SO for quite some time.
Don't we have a better way to communicate what's decided or agreed upon here? We could:
- Send a message to everyone's inbox ("Homework tag has been deprecated, but still be nice to newbies", for example), or
- Have one blog where these decisions could be posted and some reward for people following, or
- Use the community bulletin to broadcast. The bulletin's scope is much broader that just Do's and Don'ts but the latest entry is displayed on everybody's front page
- Or maybe there is such a place and I just missed it, but then a lot of other SO users are obviously missing it, too.