We get a lot of story-identification questions. Many of these are asked with too few details. When this happens, we have to ask the user explicitly to edit the question later.
This comes up often, so I am seeking to try to improve this situation for new users. I feel we could gain a lot from even some small changes.
I believe part of what causes this problem is that the hints for how to write a good story-identification question are not too visible. Hints are buried in the tag wiki, which most users don't notice much.
I propose to improve the Help Center to educate users more easily.
- Edit the help center topic What topics can I ask about here? so that "Story identification" links to the tag wiki rather than the tag search page. Update: Richard has done this.
- Possibly edit that page so it includes a few words of advice about story-identification questions right in there. I know that it does not seem very on-topic for what the question asks, but still, this is among the most visible pages of the help center. If you're concerned, try to disguise the advice as rules for what types of story-id questions are on topic.
- If How do I ask a good question? is admin-editable (Update: it isn't), edit it to include specific hints for story-identification questions. This is the relevant help page to include information. It is also somewhat visible because it is linked from the "How to edit" tips when asking a question.
- If that latter page is not admin-editable, try to ask on Meta Stack Exchange to make it editable.
- Ask on Meta Stack Exchange to link that question from the main Help Center page, instead of less important questions like "Why is the system asking me to wait a day or more before asking another question?" and "Why have I been limited to one question per week?". (If the system is asking someone to wait, the message would probably link them right to that help center page.) (Update: I asked. The question got deleted due to a downvote and no answer.)
Do you have any other ideas on how to make new users learn about these hints more easily?