Prompted by this question, with input from this meta Q&As.

If the mission is [re-]education and an overall increase in quality, how about sending them to a mandatory "how to ask questions the smart way" from which they cannot escape until they read it, re-vamp their question, and (possibly) have it vetted by some tender eyes/fingers?

There's a badge for going through the FAQ, how about a badge for surviving a doggie-pile, going to question rehab, making good on their question, and having the cajones to show their face still?

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    'from which they cannot escape...' - and every page visted on SO will auto-redirect them to that page until they fix their question? Love it! Nov 11, 2011 at 5:54
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    – user1228
    Nov 11, 2011 at 11:53
  • When would this mandatory thing pop up? Their first question, any low-quality-filter triggering question, any question when the user is close to the questionban threshold, or what?
    – Toomai
    Nov 11, 2011 at 16:18
  • @Toomai In my head, when a doggie-pile was detected, they'd basically see it before they could do essentially anything, along with the (forced) "opportunity" to edit. I don't know about the questionban threshold, but my thing is more of a "let's force help upon hapless new user that just got body-slammed." Nov 11, 2011 at 16:23
  • Oh so you were thinking more along "when their question gets a -x score" while I was thinking like "just before they try to post a question".
    – Toomai
    Nov 11, 2011 at 16:25
  • @Toomai Correct; this is more of a "forced mentoring before you can do anything else" thing, based on a new(-ish?) user not doing well. There's too much downvoting w/o a lot of feedback--this would at least force some info onto them, with a goal to rehab the user and/or question. If it had the potential to be a good question, either re-ask the same question w/o the downvotes, or ask an entirely new question. Nov 11, 2011 at 16:32

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how about sending them to a mandatory "how to ask questions the smart way"

This is already in-place. There's a EULA shown to every new user having <=10 rep

Question EULA

  • Embed deep in the middle "if you click the checkbox below you will be permabanned from StackOverflow"
    – user1228
    Nov 11, 2011 at 11:54
  • That's not really what I'm asking for, though. Nov 11, 2011 at 13:02
  • It covers the first part of what I want, but not the rest. It's the difference between telling someone "don't abuse drugs" and forcing them to go to supervised rehab. Nov 11, 2011 at 14:45

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