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