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When someone votes to close an issue as...

Questions asking for code must demonstrate a minimal understanding of the problem being solved. Include attempted solutions, why they didn't work, and the expected results. See also: Stack Overflow question checklist

subcategory of off-topic

They see that wonderful list of things to remember. However, the OP doesn't. At least, not until the post is closed.

I think having an automatic comment, that says something along the lines of,

Please check that your question follows the Stack Overflow question checklist

Would be beneficial to the OP, and give them a (potential) chance to edit their question before it's closed. I don't know what the reopen rates are, but I believe they're pretty low.

I do think that a nicely formatted FAQ page would have a better effect than the list there. Bright colors, screenshots, arrows, etc.

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    That - or show the (likely) close message to the OP right off the bat, say starting with the 2nd closevote – Pëkka Jul 15 '13 at 6:03
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    I guess that makes just as much sense as "possible duplicate" comments - gives OP extra time to clean up and rewrite, at no real cost. – Mołot Jul 15 '13 at 6:53
  • @Pëkka - yep. See Please allow new users to view close reasons on their questions – user173448 Apr 23 '15 at 22:47
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Pekka's comment looks to be a pretty good idea: Once there are multiple close votes of the same type on a question, start showing a box similar to the on hold/closed box with text such as:

Some members of the community think that this question should be put on hold because it is [reason]. You may want to edit and improve your question so this doesn't happen.

[reason details]

This box would only display to the asker and would trigger a mini-notification on appearance (which is cancelled if it's successfully put on hold).

  • @Toomai - why wait for multiple on concurring opinions? Improvement can begin immediately. – user173448 Apr 23 '15 at 22:48

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