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Something that I could see being useful is a banner that appears when you first log on as a new member urging you to read nodes like Writeup formatting tips and the like. It wasn't immediately obvious to me when i started as a perlmonk that the submissions were html, much less how one went about formatting submissions properly and what things like the square brackets do.

Maybe this would cut down on poorly formatted newbie posts and the need to explain formatting while answering somebody's question. Currently, newbies are expected to 'pull' the docs, rather than getting 'pushed' the docs, or at least being 'pushed' in the general direction of the docs.

Thoughts? Which paradigm (push or pull) is going to benefit perlmonks in the long run?


In reply to New member logon message by young perlhopper

Use:  <p> text here (a paragraph) </p>
and:  <code> code here </code>
to format your post; it's "PerlMonks-approved HTML":

  • Are you posting in the right place? Check out Where do I post X? to know for sure.
  • Posts may use any of the Perl Monks Approved HTML tags. Currently these include the following:
    <code> <a> <b> <big> <blockquote> <br /> <dd> <dl> <dt> <em> <font> <h1> <h2> <h3> <h4> <h5> <h6> <hr /> <i> <li> <nbsp> <ol> <p> <small> <strike> <strong> <sub> <sup> <table> <td> <th> <tr> <tt> <u> <ul>
  • Snippets of code should be wrapped in <code> tags not <pre> tags. In fact, <pre> tags should generally be avoided. If they must be used, extreme care should be taken to ensure that their contents do not have long lines (<70 chars), in order to prevent horizontal scrolling (and possible janitor intervention).
  • Want more info? How to link or or How to display code and escape characters are good places to start.
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