I spent quite some time in the last few days watching other people "moderate" SO, by giving hints to the users through comments mostly.
Is there a set of standard comments that can be used? I think most people I've seen had come up with their own way of saying things like: "post some code", "the problem is not in the code you posted", "work on your accept rate", etc...
For example, a bit earlier a saw a nice comment from Robᵩ:
Welcome to Stack Overflow. The lines that you have shown us look ok. I presume the problem is in the lines that you haven't shown us. Please reduce your original program to the smallest possible program that still demonstrates the error, and copy-paste that program into your question. See sscce.org for more details.
Would there be some interest in making, say, a Firefox plugin with pre-made answers to accelerate the process and standardize the feedback given to newer users?
Edit: I saw the script suggested here but this doesn't seem to use "standardized" comments coming from the leading actors of the community. It would be pretty easy to
fork and make it use a set of standardized answers stored on github so that everybody can give consistent answers.