2

Possible Duplicate:
Add requirements for a tag (maybe a template?)

Would it be beneficial to include a predefined set of headers in the question text area that prompt new users (under 100 rep) of the basic information required to solve most programming problems?

Many questions on SO, asked by new users, are essentially:

Help! My family cat died, but the problem is that I am trying to write fizz buzz with AmazingLanguage and it doesn't work. Please help me! KThxBye.

Everyone knows that this question is impossible to answer. And so SO users reply with:

Show me the code.

I propose the following as a template for new users:


Problem

Describe what you want to do.

Source Code

Paste what you have developed; type CTRL-k to format the code.

Errors

Paste error messages here, or describe the errors.

Resolution

How have you tried to fix the problem yourself?

Question

What would you like to know?


The format I use on tex.stackexchange.com is quite similar:


Background

Describe what I am trying to do.

Problem

Describe the difficultly I encountered; show the code.

Related

Post related links.

Question

Ask how to resolve the problem, or different approaches.

marked as duplicate by random Dec 16 '10 at 16:20

This question has been asked before and already has an answer. If those answers do not fully address your question, please ask a new question.