What is meta? ×
Meta Stack Exchange is where users like you discuss bugs, features, and support issues that affect the software powering all 133 Stack Exchange communities.

http://stackoverflow.com/faq has a section

Frequently Asked Questions What kind of questions can I ask here?

And there is another section what I should not ask.

I see questions such as Sample Question

It would appear to me there is another clear expectation from the community that someone demonstrates they had a go. Researched a little etc. The down voting rate on How do I do X, questions where the poster gives the impression they want an answer and cant be bothered trying themselves typically only gets answers from people looking for easy points. Those that want a quality result, comment

What have you tried? Or something to that affect

Since the FAQ is one of the first place newbies are guided, I was wondering if this point should be in black and white and not implied. Right up front... ie Please demonstrate what you have tried. Ideally with sample code.

EDIT It was pointed out that "asking help" is the "How to ask a question" link. It appears when asking questions. So unless you go to ask a question it isnt easy to find.

So the link is accessible.
I just dont associate "asking help" with how to best ask questions.My bad. Might just be me. I personally would expect FAQs to have at least a link. Perhaps in the extended section. And I tend to check before launching in. Anyway. what drove my question is I knew there was a detailed explanation as I read it when exploring the site a year ago. I just couldnt find it quickly when I wanted to place the link in a comment. Next time ill be better prepared.
And since i couldnt find it where I expected to find it, that made me wonder. Hence the question. Should there be a link in the FAQ section about good questions ?

Ask a Question screen

share|improve this question
    
You mean something like: stackoverflow.com/questions/how-to-ask –  ben is uǝq backwards May 7 '13 at 7:16
    
Yes exactly that point. Should it be referenced in FAQ ? –  soadyp May 7 '13 at 7:17
1  
    
The best way to include it best left to experts. Im making the observation that this info just jump out. See edit with Pic –  soadyp May 7 '13 at 7:23
    
@soadyp - When you ask a question, you get How to ask section in the right side. –  hims056 May 7 '13 at 7:23
1  
New users are forced through the How to Ask page already, where they have to confirm having read it. –  Bart May 7 '13 at 7:30
    
@Bart - Just like all the other EULAs people never read. And no, that's not an excuse for not knowing the rules and guidelines, it's just how people seem to work in general. =) –  J. Steen May 7 '13 at 7:37
2  
@J.Steen Sure, which does not bode well for putting an extra link in the FAQ either. –  Bart May 7 '13 at 7:39
    
@Bart - Nope, totally agree. Hand holding will not help the majority of bad content contributors. –  J. Steen May 7 '13 at 8:52
    
Similar question: meta.stackexchange.com/q/179268/168269 –  Gert Arnold May 7 '13 at 10:24

You must log in to answer this question.

Browse other questions tagged .