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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2 Answers 2


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\$ Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 6:56
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    \$\begingroup\$ Yep. Sure. That works well too. \$\endgroup\$ Commented Jul 20, 2021 at 7:00

I recently asked a user if the code posted in a question was written or maintained by them, since it was not explicitly stated in the description that they wrote it or maintain it. They asked why I asked. I replied with the standard response with a link to the help center page What topics can I ask about here?. For licensing, moral, and procedural reasons, we cannot review code written by other programmers. We expect you, as the author, to understand why the code is written the way that it is..

The user has been a member for more than 6 years and taken the tour (hence has earned the informed badge). I would hope people who read the tour would know that the code posted needs to be written and/or maintained by them.

Let's add another list item to the numbered list on the tour

1. Code must be written or maintained by you.

I am open to having it lower in the list but it seems like it is of high precedence so I would vote it be one of the first items, hence why it is near the top of the list of questions on the on-topic page.


Okay - Let us use list item position #3.

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    \$\begingroup\$ I think CNIONWAI should be #1 - unless things have change we still have 60% CNIONWAI \$\endgroup\$
    – Peilonrayz Mod
    Commented May 4, 2023 at 20:59

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