On Stack Overflow there are a lot of newbie questions that simply write down their thoughts as plain text without giving any example.
One always need to ask for some code or for an error message. This is makes it even harder when dealing with new users because they are (to my experience) quite slow with a comment/update-loop.
Have there been any efforts in this direction?
I know that there are questions that don't require code, but after all, on a site like Stack Overflow with 95% questions about code, it would make sense to at least ask the user if they couldn't add some code to their question.
Something like this, just above the "Post your Question" button, would only be displayed if the markdown parser doesn't encounter any code (be it indented code, or something within backticks).
The user could override this with the checkbox if their question is not code based.