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12:46 PM
@ToddTrimble Maybe you have noticed my recent post on meta: Customize the modal window for the first-time askers.
Q: Customize the modal window for the first-time askers

Martin SleziakWhen a user asks their very first question on a Stack Exchange site, they are shown a modal window with a short advice. The content can be either a generic message or it can be customized for a specific site. This was announced in March 2020 in this post: The new ask page is now live on the netwo...

Some time ago there was a similar feature request: Should users be shown some basic information before posting the first question? (That one is now moot, since Stack Exchange abandoned the /ask/advice page being shown for the first-time askers.)
Q: Should users be shown some basic information before posting the first question?

Martin SleziakIn an answer to another question discussing possibilities how to decrease the number of off-topic questions1 it was mentioned that: Perhaps we should force a person to read the rules before posting the first question? By clicking some button "read and understood the rules". Something similar was...

You probably remember that you have mentioned plans to discuss this with other moderators:
Jun 29 '18 at 13:46, by Todd Trimble
@MartinSleziak Okay, Martin: sorry for the considerable delay. This is to let you know that things have settled down on my end (local political matters) and I am prepared to spend some time looking at and thinking about this suggestion brought up at meta. I'll probably be in consultation with the other moderators about this. On a different matter: would you mind if I contacted you over email?
I was wondering whether in that discussion you have arrived to the conclusion that it is better not to implement this on MO for some reasons.
Since the two feature request are rather similar, if there are objections from moderators against this, it might be useful to let the community know about that.
I'd say that new feature request is getting a bit of support. OTOH, so far nobody volunteered to suggest the actual wording to be used in the modal window.
But all of that's is moot if the moderators are against this change.
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8:56 PM
@MartinSleziak No, I'm interested, and I think in principle so would be the other moderators, but we haven't gotten our heads together on this. But it could be quite imminent (i.e., happen soon). Thanks for asking!
Thanks for the response!
Well, "soon" should be taken with caution, when such word is uttered on MO. :-)
But the new isn't ready to be dealt with in some meaningful way. (There isn't a suggestion of the text for the modal window which would have some non-negligible support from the MO community.)
And the old one is now moot, as I I said.
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10:04 PM
By the way, @MartinSleziak If y'all get it figured out, just status-review it (get one of the mods to) and we'll look at it and get the devs to poke it into place.
10:55 PM
@Catija In fact, I have mentioned this in the feature request:
> If some consensus is reached, hopefully moderators will take some action to make this happen. (I'll add that it is now easier for moderators to escalate various issues to Stack Exchange staff, AFAICT the initial step in the process is basically just adding the status-review tag to the question.)
Although what I said is probably oversimplifying a bit.
So far, the tag was added only by CMs on MathOverflow Meta: data.stackexchange.com/meta.mathoverflow/query/1105163/… But I suppose that the mods are aware of this, although they haven't used it yet.
On Mathematics Meta it was added several times by moderators (4-times Asaf, twice quid): data.stackexchange.com/meta.math/query/1105163/…
In any case, this new feature request definitely needs more input. (Somebody should suggest the text for the modal window. And even if the one I proposed is used, it certainly needs improvement.)
I pinged Todd Trimble mainly because I was curious whether the mods discussed the previous feature request, which was a bit similar (the one from 2017).

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