Last year we updated the modal for new users. There are many comments left on posts, especially new posts, asking OPs to "take the tour" (especially when a post is off-topic).

The tour has not had any substantial edits in seven years and while that isn't really an issue, we can update it to make it more useful for new users.

How about we add the numbered list (suggested by Peilonrayz May 17th, 2020) plus the line above it that mentions the help center pages, which was added to the modal?

To get you the best answers, we’ve provided some guidance:

Please read What topics can I ask about here? and How do I ask a good question?

  1. Code must produce the desired output
  2. Code must not error or contain known bugs
  3. Titles should describe what the code does
  4. The more code you provide the more we can help

It would look like this:

preview of updates

Update Aug. 30, 2021

The tour has been updated with the suggestions above as well as in the answer by mickmackusa and the comment by Toby.

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Should the following be added?

  1. After an answer is posted, you must not edit your question to invalidate any advice.

This is one of the rules here that users from other communities won't be accustomed to.

I also recommend that "not" be made bold in 2..

Finally, I see "we've provided some guidance:" (note the colon).

Maybe a period after "guidance" and I am expecting a pure bullet point list of sentences (ending with punctuation) instead of an un-numbered sentenced followed by four numbered sentences without ending punctuation.

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    \$\begingroup\$ If we just moved the "Please read" sentence after the list, then the colon and rest of the grammar would be fine again. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 20 at 6:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yep. Sure. That works well too. \$\endgroup\$ Jul 20 at 7:00

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