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We've got shiny new font ID guidelines. But there's nothing telling people what the guidelines are until after they've asked the question and someone's closed it - and so every new font ID question is not following the guidelines.

What's happening with that tag alert? Telling people the rules clearly and concisely before they post is a pretty important ingredient to having them follow the rules.

I think users aren't even notified when their questions are closed. Right now:

  • We have a system where users are falling foul of a rule they're unaware of
  • We're expecting people to spontaneously check back on their question despite receiving no notifications that anything has happened
  • Then we're relying on them noticing a low-contrast technical-looking grey banner they had no reason to expect.

Here's a guy who seems to have no idea he's broken a secret rule.


Edit: no news?

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Before we can activate this, we need to put together text that will fit in the alert. I asked for feedback on what was proposed, it's currently too long. They should be succinct and concise.

Here is an example from Anime.SE:

tag warning example

and here is the example from SO:

tag warning example

I think the formatting of the SQL warning will suit us better. It could include a link to the relevant meta post and have an itemized list of the criteria we're looking for. I'll make suggestions in that thread.


Update: This has now been implemented!

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  • Makes sense. That other thread is getting unweildy, so how about using comments here (since if it's too long for a comment, it's almost certainly too long?). Here's a suggestion: – user56reinstatemonica8 Feb 9 '15 at 19:28
  • Font identifcation questions must follow [our guidelines]. Include an image and the results you got from [automatic font-ID services]. One font per question, and describe the font or where you found it in the title. – user56reinstatemonica8 Feb 9 '15 at 19:29
  • @user568458 I like the itemized style of the SQL tag, I think it helps users "check off" if they meet all the requirements. I shortened Scott's suggestion and included one for font-id as well. What do you think? meta.graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/a/2356/8708 – JohnB Feb 9 '15 at 19:32
  • Good, but still a bit long, and doesn't mention automatic stuff (the most important bit) directly. Not sure where the best place to post alternatives is, so I've editted one in on my answer to that other thread. – user56reinstatemonica8 Feb 9 '15 at 19:48

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