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It seems SE sites get a lot of "shopping questions", especially from new members.
Perhaps this could be remediated by disabling the editor area until the user has been seen to click on the FAQ (or a subset of it). Wouldn't it benefit everyone overall?

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    Try and ask a new question from a brand new account and see what it shows you – random Jan 24 '13 at 17:31
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    People who don't want to read the FAQ, won't. – Der Hochstapler Jan 24 '13 at 18:18
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    If forced to many people will just skip it in the same way an an EULA. – Hennes Jan 24 '13 at 18:23
  • If anything, we'd probably be better off with keywords in questions triggering a "potentially off-topic" warning with recommendations on where to ask instead such as iPad but I'm not sure how workable or friendly it would be... – Graham Wager Jan 24 '13 at 23:47
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Perhaps this could be remediated by disabling the editor area until the user has been seen to click on the FAQ (or a subset of it).

And this does what, makes them prove they can click?

Naw, if you wanna force them to read it, there's only one solution:

Forced reading

There is an option to force folks to click through https://superuser.com/questions/how-to-ask before you get to /questions/ask, but that's less about introducing the scope of the site and more about just encouraging folks to think about their question a bit (and search for it!) before posting it.

  • You only get them to look at it this way, not to read it. Perhaps direct upload to the brain, Matrix-style? – Daniel Beck Jan 26 '13 at 5:10
  • @DanielBeck: People also tend to read and still not understand (or wilfully ignore), so unfortunately even a direct upload to the brain might not help. – Karan Jan 27 '13 at 17:35

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