I propose that MSE introduces an onboarding process for new users.
Too many PSQ's & MSE used as a homework-completion site
Growing resentment of "rep-farming"
Conflict between longstanding users having different aspirations for MSE
Dilution of quality content
Hostile environment to new users uneducated on community standards
New users made to feel unwelcome
Poor / nonexistent coaching of new users
In my opinion, in order to onboard new users, the solution should achieve the following objectives:
Make new users feel welcome
Educate new users regarding community standards and site policies
Confer privileges to new users only upon conforming to community standards
Ease the frustration of current contributors to MSE
I think this can only be achieved by dually a) educating new users about basic standards and b) witholding the answering of questions until users comply with same basic standards:
No Problem Statement Questions (PSQs)
Require Latex for writing maths
Explain what you have tried and where you are stuck. Or sufficient other background behind the question to give prospective answerers context to position their answer appropriately.
I believe the means to achieve this is a triage queue as previously suggested here:
All new users begin as a "triaged user".
Questions from users subject to triage go to a triage queue:
No question in triage queue can be answered
Users tick to confirm the question:
- Has no non-latex maths or scanned images etc.
- Is not a PSQ
- Has sufficient context to demonstrate effort or to position an answer
Failure on any count gives the user a WELCOMING and educational message such as a link to the MathJax reference etc.
Once any user consistently asks questions that pass triage first time, they become a non-triage user.
Users falling into bad habits can be added by multiple diamond mods back onto the triage list.
HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT?
- Well the main difference here is a moratorium on answering non-compliant questions. We already do all this moderation. The trouble is, while some users are carrying out this moderation, others are answering the question, so the offender gets their homework done and never has any incentive to buy into community standards. As a result, we end up moderating the same users over and over again for the same reasons. The difference with triage, is that it will require a minimal level of effort from the new user to start to buy in to community standards in return for their homework solution. Consequently, under the improved system, the quality of questions will improve and the amount of moderation required, and resentment, will reduce.