This post is for collecting suggestions for the Welcome Modal, part of the new ask page design, which in its default state looks as follows:

Welcome Modal

You can make suggestions along the following lines:

  • Introduction to the site

  • A warning that we don't answer blunt homework questions and provide some appropriate resources.

  • A link to the topics which are on-topic on PSE.

  • Giving links to some exemplary posts. (So that a new user can check if their post maybe on topic or off topic.)

  • Add other things that you wish should be necessary part of the welcome model.


This started off as cannibalising the existing suggestion for length, but sort of developed into something more.

You're almost ready to ask your question! Before you do:

  1. Check to make sure it's on-topic. Here are our guidelines. Note that homework problems[1] / “check my work”[2] questions are off-topic, but questions you think of while doing homework might be on-topic.
    If your question is off-topic, fear not; another internet community might be able to help you.
  2. Use the search bar at the top of the screen to make sure your question hasn't already been answered.

Remember: the clearer your question, the easier it is to answer.

You might find these links helpful for writing your question:

Some of these links should be removed. I don't hang around this site much, so I don't know how important these are, but the bottom four should probably be split off into a brief textual description with Wikipedia-style "source" links, as above. Not sure how to format that with the bottom bit remaining "optional-looking" (so people feel okay to skip past it) and not daunting, but there are currently too many items in the list for it to seem non-daunting anyway.


My suggestion for the welcome model.

Asking a good question

Welcome to Physics.SE. This is a question and answer site for active researchers, academics and students of physics and astronomy.

You can visit our help-center for help regarding how the site works and how to ask questions, such as general guidelines on questions which are on-topic. Search or ask on meta for any questions (regarding the functioning of the site) you don't find answered there.

In particular, Homework-like questions and check-my-work questions are considered off-topic on this site, in particular when they ask about specific computations instead of the underlying Physics concepts. Homework questions can be on-topic when they are useful to a broader audience.

Some more links that can help you to write a great question:

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    $\begingroup$ Small edits should be fine, but majorly different proposals should be posted as a separate answer, otherwise voting on this post gets very confusing and establishing which version is the "consensus version" becomes impossible. $\endgroup$ – ACuriousMind Mar 6 '20 at 18:00
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    $\begingroup$ I'm against this version - it is way too much text. $\endgroup$ – Emilio Pisanty Mar 6 '20 at 22:48
  • $\begingroup$ @EmilioPisanty can you comment as to what to do to make it concise. If you have any idea you can post it as a new answer. $\endgroup$ – user249968 Mar 7 '20 at 5:00

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