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I saw countless questions which don't provide any usable information to help or a way to see what a person already did (like: I'm using jQuery to create a datepicker, but it doesn't work, where's the problem?)

I'd like to see some tips until a user gained some reputation (e.g. 500) like Don't forget to provide sample code and steps to reproduce! etc. it's really annoying to refer to the FAQs (it should be the first to read).

And I'd like to see tips related to the selected tags. Example:

Javascript/HTML/CSS Tip:

Did you remember to provide a live demo?

I know we're not in the kindergarden, but StackOverflow could increase many questions, which will help to answer a question within a shorter time.

(And we could decrease the number of redirects to http://whathaveyoutried.com/ if you know what I mean.)

It should be also possible to include this to the Stack Exchange engine to provide those functions to everyone.

Update: I see the idea with JSFiddle isn't the best, but it should show in which direction we could guide new members. We could add a tip for programming language-tags which says Did you remember to include errors and stacktraces if your app crashed?

So the idea would be to help to remember the important things in a good question. A tip isn't a requirement.


  • Add tips for new users to show how they can improve their questions to get better and faster answers.
  • Add tips until a new user got a minimum of reputation (e.g. 500).
  • Add tips in general (e.g. Did you read your question again?) and to specific tags, which points to specific improvements (e.g. for programming languages: Did you remember to debug your application?).
  • Tips aren't requirements!
  • A tip will help to improve questions, not to make them perfect.

marked as duplicate by casperOne Apr 30 '13 at 20:07

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  • Tip is with a single "p" and stay with a single "p" when pluralized. – Shadow The Dragon Wizard Jul 2 '12 at 13:13
  • I'm sorry, but my native language is German, so I'm always confused about the correct spelling. Thank you. – Fabio Poloni Jul 2 '12 at 13:21
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    While this may reduce the WhatHaveYouTried it may increase the pro forma comment In future please include all relevant code in your post and don't just include a link to jsFiddle. Your post should stand alone from any other resource; consider what'd happen if jsFiddle went down in the future. – Some Helpful Commenter Jul 2 '12 at 16:37
  • @SomeHelpfulCommenter I see what you mean. I added some new thoughts. – Fabio Poloni Jul 3 '12 at 5:46

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