Our new asker's modal has the three bullets:

  1. Summarize the problem
  2. Provide details and any research
  3. When appropriate, describe what you've tried

We are able to remove the third bullet point (see "Short version …" section at the end of that answer). I'd like to propose that we do that.

There are arguments for and against, so it's important that we have a frank discussion to reach consensus on whether that's what we want as a community.

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    \$\begingroup\$ That list is perfect for SO, really doesn't work for CR. There should be no problem in the code on CR. \$\endgroup\$
    – pacmaninbw Mod
    Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 13:21
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    \$\begingroup\$ I've made this change as of 6 July 2022. \$\endgroup\$
    – Catija
    Commented Jul 6, 2022 at 21:38

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This statement implies that if you've tried and failed, then you can post your non-working attempt on CR.

We should remove that instruction.


Rather than just "Summarize the problem", how about "Summarize the problem the code solves"?

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    \$\begingroup\$ That would be nice, but it's not listed as one of the site-specific changes that are provided (see the linked Meta.SE question). \$\endgroup\$ Commented Mar 12, 2022 at 13:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ It might be worth proposing this anyway. Even if it can't currently be done, perhaps this will encourage them to make it possible. \$\endgroup\$
    – mdfst13
    Commented Mar 13, 2022 at 22:19

Yes - and also.

Remove the third bullet, and add a sentence elsewhere in the modal encouraging askers to summarise the "paths not taken".



Describing the approaches not used can be useful, particularly in performance questions.

We should keep asking posters to describe what else they have tried.


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