I have recently noticed in increase in "how do I make an app that does this", which invariably yields comments like "go read the FAQ!"
I've been thinking about this issue, and think I have the solution:
Show the FAQ/About screen on first login / SE Signup
Really, the About screen is an excellently put together overview of the site - and the first few paragraphs of the FAQ could really come in handy for the new users.
Even better, we could just put a paragraph above the Ask Question field for the user's first or second question - something like:
Stack Overflow is for professional and enthusiast programmers, people who write code because they love it. We feel the best Stack Overflow questions have a bit of source code in them, but if your question generally covers …
- a specific programming problem
- a software algorithm
- software tools commonly used by programmers
- practical, answerable problems that are unique to the programming profession
… then you’re in the right place to ask your question!
Please look around to see if your question has been asked before. It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question. For more info, read the FAQ
This, I believe, could greatly reduce the number of questions closed as "vague", comments like 'read the FAQ!!!!' and, most of all, reduce moderator load.