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This was just posted on Meta.SO by Jeff Atwood:


We now have dynamic answer help that pops up for new users (< 100 rep) when they focus the answer box.

Screenshot of "Your answer" help text

Thanks for contributing an answer to $SiteName!

This is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum, so please make sure you answer the question.

Provide details and share your research. Avoid statements based solely on opinion; only make statements you can back up with an appropriate reference, or personal experiences.

It's kind of related to this post by Robert ... but I feel we have plenty of help for question askers already, whereas for people answering questions we were telling them nothing. This seemed really, really dumb to me when I thought of it 2 days ago. Why weren't we helping random internet users who began to type in the "Your Answer" box? I wish I could go back in time and implement this a year ago.

Anyway, now that we have dynamic answer help for new users -- do you have any suggestions on copyedits? Remember we want just the absolute minimum you can expect a person to read so no giant list of do's and don'ts -- just the bare essentials that new users typing in an answer for the first time should know.

And yes this can be customized per Q&A site.


Please post your suggestions for this help text for our site as answers to this question. We'll then ask Jeff to implement a new help text tailored to the need of our site.

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Just removing the "or personal experience" part seems enough:

Thanks for contributing an answer to Skeptics - Stack Exchange!

This is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum, so please make sure you answer the question.

Provide details and share your research. Avoid statements based solely on opinion; only make statements you can back up with an appropriate reference.

  • I added a link to the meta post. Figured it can't hurt. – Borror0 Apr 8 '11 at 18:16
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ok I changed it to

Thanks for contributing an answer to Skeptics - Stack Exchange!

This is a Q&A site, not a discussion forum, so please make sure you answer the question.

Provide details and share your research. Avoid statements based solely on opinion or personal experience; only make statements you can back up with an appropriate reference.

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