One of my friends recently created a fresh account (she never used Stack Overflow before and it is me who recommended it to her). Account creation was successful.

However, when she tried to ask a question, Stack Overflow just forwarded her to https://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask


She clicked proceed, then Stack Overflow reloaded but still showed this page. She clicked proceed again, but the same thing happened. She escape this page. In this page, the Ask Question button was disabled.

It's not a question ban or something like that, I guess it is a bug or a new restriction to fresh users?

  • @yan - those spaces were there to center the image :P
    – Lix
    May 19, 2012 at 15:18
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    @Lix Oops! (neat trick)...
    – yannis
    May 19, 2012 at 15:20

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Just a wild guess -

did your friend happen to forget to tick the checkbox?


If you do not agree to "...keep these tips in mind when asking." then you should read them again and again and again and again and again and again and again and again until you understand and agree with them. ;)

But in all seriousness, that is the expected behavior if you don't agree to keep these tips in mind when asking; Clicking proceed will simply reload the page.

You can test this out yourself simply by opening a private browsing window and trying to ask a question without logging in.

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  • Nice Border +1 for it, gnat idea @Lix
    – Lucifer
    May 19, 2012 at 15:05
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    lol yeah she forgot. thanks
    – Jack
    May 19, 2012 at 15:11
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    I'm not sure I like this new meme of wrapping inline images in <pre> tags. That's totally not what <pre> tags are for. May 20, 2012 at 5:29
  • @the - If you want to call it a meme that's fine with me; For me it's simply the easiest way to create some sort of border around screen shots with a white background.
    – Lix
    May 20, 2012 at 6:33
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    Why do they need a border? May 20, 2012 at 6:34
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    That way its easier to see the boundaries of the image - If you look at the 3rd & 4th revisions to this question you'll see that it can sometimes get quite confusing. You say that the <pre> element was not designed for this use but I believe it is. Its a block of "Pre-formatted text". That's basically all I'm using it for - to pre-format the image container and utilize the grey borders.. The happy accident is that I can now also center the image...
    – Lix
    May 20, 2012 at 6:43
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    I agree with @TheEstablishment, above all: I find editing other people's posts to add one's own liking quite annoying (just like when adding <kbd>). Also, if we want images truly centered, then the team could do that using CSS. One day they might do so (they already do it on the mobile site) and then what would the space "centered" images look like? Currently the spaces already add extra whitespace above the image on the mobile theme. (I wonder what a screen reader makes out of it, but I guess they just ignore it. An empty alt text might help, but that's another issue.)
    – Arjan
    May 20, 2012 at 9:56
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    @arj - Yes, I agree with your general idea. If the only edit you make is to adhere to a personal preference and posting style then that could definitely get annoying. I can also see how those extra spaces are kind-of unless on the mobile view - they don't break anything but become meaningless because of the change in width of the page. The main reason that I do this is when I see a screen shot with a white border that conflicts with the post's white background... I don't think they should implement automatic centering though... You don't always want the image to be centered...
    – Lix
    May 20, 2012 at 10:17

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