I tried to evaluate old How to Ask section as a new user with the knowledge of my stackoverflow experiance that spans a few years...
What we have in the old page?
Search, and research: Everybody told me to search before ask. My teacher in the school, my project leader in the company etc. But I am new to here, I do not know much about tag system and I am not avare of that here is moderated by the community and each post can be edited by the users. I think here is just like other forums and boards and that thing tell me to seach I googled it and can not find it and there is no tips about how to search in here, It just told me to search and I do search and can not find (aka the reason of many many duplicate questions.)
Be on-topic: Well now it tell to be on topic. But what is on-topic. There is a link that leads me to a page which is full of links to other pages!? How can I read all that stuff? Ah, found it , it tells me that I can ask about a specific programming problem and I will gonna ask about the error I receive. Yeah, it is specific... Lets go on with the next one...
Be specific: Ok now... It wants me to be specific... I got an error while looping in my list... It asks for details... Ok I will paste the error ...
List index out of range. (I may think about pasting my 5 page long code block as a context [and some users do as most of us had witnessed]).
Make it relevant to others: Make it relevant? I have a specific problem, I write my error as the details. Well , if somebody else got
List index out of range then he can see my question. But I could not find it in google so it might not be asked before (giving a good title is important and its the reason why I can not find what I am looking for while there are a bunch of similar duplicate questions in here, some with not-so-fitting titles. but I am new and probably I do not know that If I make some effort on search keywords, I will find what I am looknig for).
Keep an open mind: Well after I asked my question and receive comments stating that my question is not clear and I must read the how-to section (damn, I read it) I will get a bit angry or confused. Add those down-vote counter near my question. I probably do not remrmber what this last section had told me Even if we don’t agree with you, or tell you exactly what you wanted to hear, remember: we’re just trying to help
Long in short
Old help section is short, but do not offer a good guidance to a new user. What topics can I ask about here? section is theoric and full of links but there is no example. Instead of listing reasons and more reasons, examples of good and bad questions might be better to demosntrate how a good questions should be.
The new help page is better. But an example question might fit good too. Showing that it is generally better to share some code that cause the problem (not the whole program you wrote) with the error stack is useful.
Of course, these are my thoughts on the subject.