There are some meta Q&A's that can be used at StackOverflow for those standard comments that frequently need to be made. These links work so well because they point (new) users to a source of commonly agreed practices and it gives the commenter sort of a mere messenger status which helps users not to feel offended. It is no longer "me correcting you". But it also gives the comment a bit more weight because it is backed by the community. Examples:
- accept rate (for users who are not yet aware of accepting answers)
- Is it appropriate to comment on people's accept rate? (for people who use the former link a bit too often ﾂ)
- Should 'Hi', 'thanks,' taglines, and salutations be removed from posts? when editing questions and removing redundancies.
Now there is one comment that I could tack on at least 10% of the questions I read at StackOverflow:
"it does not work" is not a sufficient problem description.
Or words of similar import. It is amazing how many people just say that something "does not work". Often leaving no description of what they expected to happen, what actually happened, let a alone a decent exception message or stack trace.
I would like to have a "canonical" link for that situation.
I think there is no justification for a faq section to specifically cover this issue. (I often refer to the faq when question as a whole is unclear). Is anyone aware of an appropriate Q&A here (I could not find one after searching pretty hard). Or could we create one?