I have never been too happy with referring new users to our FAQ. Specifically, I feel that the first two sections, What kind of questions can I ask here?, and What kind of questions should I not ask here? fail to cover the very common situation I see where new users may have a great/interesting and on-topic problem or interest, but do not structure their question in such a way that it can be effectively answered.
Some recent examples:
- How to build a web site or mobile app with a circular routing capability?
- Append, Insert or load Data into geodatabase table field
- Custom Layer Properties
- Speeding up ArcPy script?
- How to construct a line from points in pyshp?
Some items that I believe are sorely missing from the FAQ include:
- Clearly disclosing any requirements or limitations that answers should adhere to.
- Using tags effectively (they are mentioned only in passing in the FAQ!)
- Software environment information such as version numbers, underlying DBMS, etc.
- Posting code if it's a code question.
- Using screenshots or illustrations if it's a spatiovisual or cartographic question.
- Describing the inputs (data) they're working with if applicable and any unusual properties thereof.
- Describing the desired output or results if applicable.
What other improvements can we make to the FAQ?
Is it still the case that moderators can not edit the FAQ?