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Re^5: Put the formatting information above the posting text box?

by ambrus (Abbot)
on May 22, 2016 at 21:19 UTC ( #1163807=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^4: Put the formatting information above the posting text box?
in thread Put the formatting information above the posting text box?

It might be possible, but it's futile. No matter what you do, you can't get most newbies to read the instructions. After a level, it just doesn't matter how obviously you present the instructions, people will just ignore them no matter what.

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Re^6: Put the formatting information above the posting text box?
by stevieb (Canon) on May 22, 2016 at 21:43 UTC

    They may, but it might have even a slight impact. I like the idea of codifying some form of validation like ww said in Re: Put the formatting information above the posting text box?, but that might be a bit too heavy-handed without some serious thought. However, a check for things like sub \w+ { or $\w+ = and such could notify a user after submit and prior to post that they may have code that hasn't been wrapped in <c></c> tags, etc.

    Clearly, I don't want to lose new people to PM because of restraints/constraints, but on the other hand, if we can't/don't change how we post on PerlMonks, perhaps we should consider a new avenue of approach... an appreciation of sorts. 'Come to PM to be part of a community and learn, not just get your immediate question answered.".

    There have to be some out there who still appreciate being part of a community; not just blindly answering questions that have to be precise and perfect in every way, without any means or facility for discussion.

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