Although I'm new to Meta Stack Overflow, I have had a valued membership of Stack Overflow for a number of years. As (I'm guessing) is normal, I started off by searching for answers and asking questions, but more recently (given the time), I have begun to answer more questions.
I have noticed a worrying down turn in the quality of the questions asked (particularly regarding
WPF as this is my area of expertise and new users). I have seen so many of the following types of question (made up example):
Hi, I'm new to WPF and I want to reproduce the UI from this image:
--> some flashy image here <--
How can I do this?
Or (actual text):
I have a datagird with
Client Account Date
however if i click on an item and then click on another the row becomes blank , I'm not sure how to stop this as there is no function for cell content click and I have the cell values set to read only , any tips ?
There is no sample code displayed as I'm not sure what would be valid
Upon attempting to answer these questions, the first thing that happens is that lots of questions are necessarily asked by users in the comments section (making them huge) to try to work out what the user actually wants, or to ask for code examples.
What (if anything) can we do about these low quality posts? I know that we can vote to close them, but what can we do to stop them from being asked (in their current quality) in the first place? It seems clear that most new users do not read the help or about pages.
I was personally wondering whether we could extend or alter the current 'First Posts' functionality to maybe the first 5 or 10 posts and possibly even put in a requirement for reviewers to have to provide some sort of 'question asking' advice.
As some users are better at providing the relevant information than others, maybe we could even have a system where (after a number of first posts) reviewers could vote if they feel that particular new users no longer need to be reviewed. Then once a new user has received a number of 'quality post' votes, they would no longer need to have their questions reviewed.
I was previously unaware that the 'First Posts' review happened after the post was posted. To be clear, I think that it might be an improvement if the post was not posted until after it has had a positive review... maybe something similar to users' first edits where they get a message saying that only they can see the edit until it has been approved.
EDIT END >>>
I have seen the '“First posts” queue should track the user for a bit longer' post here, but it didn't seem to go anywhere, so I thought I'd ask my own question.
To summarise the question:
- What can we do about the low quality of posts from new users?
- Is it possible to extend the 'First Posts' functionality?
- How do we go about this?