I see a request for a schematic, part number, picture, or other basic info in the comments to a question almost every day here, sometimes a few times a day. Here's a random example, and another and another, just from the last few questions (and yet another perfect example just popped up)
Here's another example that manages to give a schematic but misses out other potentially useful info (IC Part number, SA shots, etc)
And another which has three requests for a circuit/photo/etc, but ends up with a picture of the product ad, instead of the OPs setup.
Another good example of a new user's question.
Another interesting example here where @Olin mentioned some need for improvement of the question and the likelihood of it being closed in his answer, but this was edited out - fair enough as it probably should have been a comment, but it would save time if the (new) user knows beforehand that such a vague question is likely to be closed.
Another one today from a new user which is a good example of a question that misses all the common requests out.
I have posted similar requests in the comments so many times I have considered writing a script in autohotkey to save time :-)
If a user has asked less than a certain amount of questions I think it would be a good idea to have either a list of things to add alongside the entry box, or a pop-up asking whether you have remembered to add this info. Maybe there could be a scan of the text to see if there are any links/pictures/keywords to determine whether the reminder is necessary.
I know we have the "how to ask a good question" in the FAQ, but:
- Hardly anyone reads the FAQ
- It doesn't appear to mention common EE related information it would help to add to your question.
So what do people think?