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I like the "Questions that may already have your answer" suggestion box which I think prevents some duplicates. At least for me.

I suggest to take this further. E.g. on StackOverflow, questions titled "XY not working" are increasing, but not really welcome in that way. IMHO such a title is not specific enough and most of the time won't contain any error messages or other hints to answer the question. So the usual things take place: The question gets downvoted and comments are appended like "define not working?", "can we have an error message please?" and so on.

An obtrusive alert for certain conditions before posting the question – like gmail does when you wrote '[something] attachment' and haven't attached a message – would be a nice feature.

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I guess the problem here is, how do you know the OP hasn't added a problem description of sufficient quality? In the case of google and attachments, it's a pretty binary situation. Did the user write "attachment"? Yes. Did they attach something? No. Show notification. – J. Steen Feb 8 '13 at 10:07
You're right, the cases differ. Something similiar to the sidebar help next to the submit button with an according hint would suffice, I think. – pduersteler Feb 8 '13 at 10:23
Subjective question titles already generate a warning "this question appears to be subjective and may be closed", but I don't think anybody heeds it, ever. – BoltClock's a Unicorn Feb 8 '13 at 10:24
People actually reading the faq and How to Ask would be fantastic. But yes, maybe summarising the How to Ask page in short bullet points next to a question in the process of being asked would perhaps help in some cases. =) – J. Steen Feb 8 '13 at 10:26
You're even forced to click a checkbox on the How to Ask page before you're allowed to ask your first question. I feel this process could be made a lot more difficult. ;) – J. Steen Feb 8 '13 at 10:26

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