Let's Make Robots!

Rearranging Best Practices

This might actually belong in the Wish-list topic, but since my text is so long I've made it a new topic.


It is a reoccurring problem that people post stuff on our site without respecting the "Best Practise" advises. This is simply because they dont read it, or have forgot that they've ever read it...

I think it would be a good idea to put parts of the Best Practice into every posting page.

On "Post New Forum Topic", underneath "Submit Forum Topic" above "Subject:" there should be a link called READ THIS BEFORE POSTING A NEW FORUM TOPIC. The target page should contain the relevant info from the Best Practice. The stuff about the Shoutbox etc is irrelevant for this section, but stuff like write "How to recharge a battery" instead of "HELP ME!". And "Do a quick search to check if someone else has asked your question in a previous post" And Write Tags, many tags, on-point tags and logical tags. They make it easy to find relevant topics later""

When Commenting on a topic/blog/component there should be a link to READ THIS BEFORE POSTING A COMMENT, that warns people about hijacking a subject to ask about something else, and only comment if they have anything interesting to add. Posting "yeah" or "LOL" only make the subject less readable.

Stuff about not making large signatures and choosing unique and non-obscene avatars should be on a link called READ THIS BEFORE SUBMITTING CHANGES TO YOUR PROFILE on the apropriate page.

In the READ THIS BEFORE SUBMITTING A NEW COMPONENT, there should be guidelines to what constitutes as a component and what constitutes as a robot. Like the AmandaLDR: It is not a readymade component, but it's not a robot either. Some tips on what kind of tags we want would be smart as well.

The READ THIS BEFORE POSTING A NEW BLOG POST should mention what should go in blog posts and what should be a forum topic. That even though it's your own blog, this is a technoligical site, not an aspiring Perez Hilton competitor.

Of course some of the tips on these pages would be global, or at least reappearing on several of the pages. The stuff about tags, not hijacking subjects and being polite (unless you're a scandinavian) should be available everywhere.

- aaaand maybe there should be a small message saying "Use the forums for tehchnical questions" when you hover the mouse over the shoutbox..

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This is the second time I read about Zanthess' idea. Could someone please point it out to me? I can't seem to find it...


BTW, thanks to some rearranging of responsibilities at work, I seem to find myself with some spare time at hand during daytime. So gimme a signal if I can help out in any way, OK?

We do plan to implement Zanthess' idea to make new users run through a short (5-10 question) quiz based on things in the best practices and faq before they're allowed to register. We'll have to see how effective that actually is, but at least it will help ensure that people will have SEEN the information, even if they promptly ignore/forget it :)


...and no grandfather rights. i.e. existing members should have to do it, too! That could prove entertaining.


Don't forget. When you aren't sure C is always the answer. ALWAYS guess C.
I agree, if possible, Dan, (and if you should read this btw) - existing membas should also suffer!

We'll see, the way I was envisioning implementing it would involve adding one step to the registration process, so there may not be an easy way to have existing members go through it too. But I do think it'd be a good idea :)


I too get bugged by the "plz hlp mi bild a rbot snd emil k thnx bi" stuff too, as well as what seems to be incomplete questions, but I don't see any way around it without stifling possible informative questions too. More hurdles simply limits input, but if that's what you want... 

I figure every question has some basis, sometimes people just do not know how to ask for what they have pictured in their head. Then is when we have to pry it out, as strange as it may seem.  

There are already enough post nazi's in the community to handle any post that is out of sync with that doc. :D

As soon as they post "its on"!

Then they learn the hard way and then post the way they should. Sounds like its already under control. 

"Nazis?" In our community? Unlikely. I may be one of the more Nazi-like ones here, but that's a term I would probably try to stay away from... "Protective" might be a better word.

The Soup Nazi!  

As a comparison to post Nazi