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I have two suggestions:

  1. The SSCCE.org link is provided in the faq, as it is used as a model for asking good questions. It just took me quite a while to find a link to it here on Meta, and I use the site daily. This is a link that is relevant to StackOverflow.
  2. Can we change the abbreviation, we use on Stack Exchange from S.S.C.C.E. to something more simple and easy to remember (I am not suggesting we interfere with the SSCCE.org). Given I still cannot remember it, and am a regular user, let alone beginners. One example being:
    C.O.D.E.
    Concise - Short and Self-contained
    Outline - Provide an outline of what has been tried, what doesn't work
    Direct - Asks a direct question, not a broad, long winded question
    Example - provides an example

    Given SSCCE stands for: Short, Self Contained, Correct (Compilable), Example

This is a suggestion and can be improved
This is not a discussion about the validity of the SSCCE format, as it is used as a reason to flag; so this question assumes it is a prefered way to format questions on StackOverflow.


EDIT I'd would rather supply a link to StackOverflow that gives some explanation AND a link to SSCCE rather than provide a link the SSCCE.org and takes the user, immediately, offsite.

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You could just tell people that you're from Missouri, you've got to show me. –  Cody Gray Aug 16 '13 at 7:25
    
@CodyGray huh, you want me to show you.. or they need to be shown.. or I'm not convinced.. I'm totally confused and can I steal this link fro my profile?? –  user223277 Aug 16 '13 at 7:30
    
SSCCE is more or less an industry wide acronym by now, I'd say. –  Bart Aug 16 '13 at 7:36
    
@Bart I am not suggesting we reinvent the industry, just make the a,b,c s for new users (and old) easier to learn on SO –  user223277 Aug 16 '13 at 7:39
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Yeah, but then replace it with a bit of text. Not another acronym nobody is really using. –  Bart Aug 16 '13 at 7:39
    
I'll let you guys decide.. just a suggestion –  user223277 Aug 16 '13 at 7:39
    
@Bart yeh, that's a good idea, but can we have a bit of simple short recognised text.. and a link –  user223277 Aug 16 '13 at 7:41
    
Btw, where in your FAQ/Help Center link is there a reference to SSCCE? –  Bart Aug 16 '13 at 7:44
    
There is no link to it, hence my suggestion we supply a link to it, given one of our flag reasons is that a question does not follow the SSCCE format.. also I wouldn't say CODE is a difficult acronym for people on a programming website to remember... sigh –  user223277 Aug 16 '13 at 7:58
    
Ah, so you mean "The SSCCE.org link should be provided in the faq"? (I'm pre-coffee here. Quite slow on the uptake) –  Bart Aug 16 '13 at 8:00
    
@Bart Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeees sigh why am i not surprised to find out oyu are pre coffee? O.o this is also another good link msmvps.com/blogs/jon_skeet/archive/2010/08/29/… –  user223277 Aug 16 '13 at 8:03
    
@Bart see my edit .. it explains why I do not want to give users a link to the sscce in comments –  user223277 Aug 16 '13 at 8:10

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