On Stack Overflow sites (at least on the English and Spanish "versions"), Server Fault and maybe other SE sites too, it's "required"1 to check the tag excerpts / wiki besides searching and researching but this not happen on Web Applications.
1: This is a soft requirement as it's enforced by the community through up/down votes and closing votes.
Following is a suggestion on how this new requirement could be worded for Web Applications:
How do I ask a good question?
We’d love to help you. To improve your chances of getting an answer, here are some tips:
Search, look at the tag excerpt and wiki and research
Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question?
Have you reviewed the specific guidelines for asking questions about the tags you choose?
Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!
Our community is defined by a specific set of topics that you can view in the help center; please stick to those topics and avoid asking for opinions or open-ended discussion. If your question is about the site itself, ask on our meta-discussion site. If you’re looking for a different topic, it might be covered on another Stack Exchange site.
If you ask a vague question, you’ll get a vague answer. But if you give us details and context, we can provide a useful answer.
Make it relevant to others
We like to help as many people at a time as we can. Make it clear how your question is relevant to more people than just you, and more of us will be interested in your question and willing to look into it.
Keep an open mind
The answer to your question may not always be the one you wanted, but that doesn’t mean it is wrong. A conclusive answer isn’t always possible. When in doubt, ask people to cite their sources, or to explain how/where they learned something. Even if we don’t agree with you, or tell you exactly what you wanted to hear, remember: we’re just trying to help.
How is included "the requirement" about tags on other SE sites
Include all relevant tags
Try to include a tag for the language, library, and specific API your question relates to. If you start typing in the tags field, the system will suggest tags that match what you've typed - be sure and read the descriptions given for them to make sure they're relevant to the question you're asking! See also: What are tags, and how should I use them?
At this time it's the official translation of the https://stackoverflow.com/help/tagging
Incluye todas las etiquetas relevantes
Intenta incluid (sic) una etiqueta para el lenguaje, librería y otros APIs específicos relacionados a tu pregunta. Si inicias tecleando en el campo de etiquetas, el sistema te sugerirá etiquetas que coincidan con lo que hayas tecleado - ¡asegúrate y lee la descripción brindadas a ellas para cerciorar que ellas son relevantes a la pregunta que estás formulando! Mira también: ¿Qué son las etiquetas, y cómo debería utilizarlas?
Include relevant details
We expect you to be able to distill your problem down to something we can analyze - dumping an entire error log and server configuration on the site with "please help!" will not be well-received, but specific errors from your logs and the section of the configuration file they're referring to will be very helpful. Examples of things to include are:
– Your operating system and version (use the appropriate tags too!)
– Hardware and Firmware versions, where appropriate
– The expected and actual results of commands you ran, where appropriate
– Relevant sections of server logs and configuration files
Discussions on SE Meta
- On an answer to Are the rules of all sites on StackExchange the same? has a link to How to ask a good question? but it actually point to a discussion on meta for that site Asking good Questions for GIS Stack Exchange?
Once we agree how on this, how we should proceed
The following question on SE Meta has an answer about this.
In summary, we should ask to the Community Manager of this site to make the change
The complete procedure is the following:
- Anyone can suggest a change to the help center on meta.
- The community considers the request and hones it.
- Moderators (or really anyone who knows how to contact us) asks a CM to look at the proposed change.
- Community managers evaluate the change and push it as appropriate.