Whilst trawling through the new review feature a common theme I see in posts are:
- broken code formatting (PHP GET problem - no form $_GET data is present)
- wall of code
I know this was suggested some time back and was downvoted (Please provide some quick how to and training videos for the sites) but it was never ever
To its credit Stack Overflow et al makes it totally frictionless and simple to ask a question, but a recurring theme I see so often is where people just don't seem to grok code formatting. They don't seem to understand that when they paste in a block of code that's legitimately tab indented in their IDE it'll most likely end up in the wrong place in the SO editor.
I think a short five minute video tour emphasising key features such as this would perhaps be useful. So when new users ask a question for the first time we push a link to said video(s) on the "How to ask" intro and after they asked their first two or three questions.
I and many others spend a lot of time reformatting code just so we can begin to understand a question. A short slick education video might grease the wheels of understanding because clearly people aren't reading the editor formatting help.
Maybe a video isn't the answer, maybe some way to do a "Clippy" type "It looks like you've pasted some code..." popup to draw attention to the formatting tools and editing help. Or maybe implement an automatic tab stripper?