# Is there any way we can get new users to read a short guide to asking questions?

And by short I mean, no longer than a paragraph. Let me explain.

We are closing questions because the question is too broad/vague, or too localized. I remember i used to use a program called Stomp, it made bassdrums. It came with a manual, and the manual had 5 questions that you had to answer before you could use the program. This forced the user to know a little about the program, it was playful (ie not condescending) and really helped me learn the program.

I don't expect each time a user posts a question, to be faced with a few questions to make sure they understand the stackexchange party line, but it would be superb if first time questioners had 4 or 5 multiple choice questions to establish that they understand what kind of quality we like to have here. If we don't we will end up doing more boring administrative work unfit for humans, and make people feel inadequate for not asking good questions.

With a bit of creative wording we can convince people to take the time to understand that blender.stackexchange is the best thing since sliced bread, and everyone can participate and be a valuable member of the community if they want. So from the very start we ask that they accept a few generally accepted ways to communicate with the rest of us.

• No long meandering questions, boil down the question to the core if you can.
• It is OK to ask many questions, but break them up into different posts so they can be answered separately.
• Don't be too worried about spelling or grammar, at least don't let it stop you from asking questions. Avoid using 'text-speak' as a courtesy to us.
• If you ask a question, please stay around for a while to see if it has answers or comments looking for clarification.

BAM.

thoughts? I didn't have time to make this shorter, sorry.

• +1. To "Don't be too worried about spelling or grammar" can we add something like "but please don't use text-speak"? Things like "wat have u tried" on StackOverflow drive me crazy... Jun 9 '13 at 21:19
• fixed it up a little, thanks for pointing that out. Jun 9 '13 at 21:29
• I don't really think we can do much. They're already supposed to read the about/faq or at least the quick summary before their first question(which I'm sure many of them ignore). Jun 10 '13 at 0:10
• maybe we can re-adjust some attitudes towards the user agreement, it can be better. Jun 10 '13 at 4:55
• Well, the FAQ is out there, but...
– JNF
Jun 10 '13 at 5:31
• Not any more... Jun 11 '13 at 21:26