I agree. We should eliminate this type of question. If for no other reason that we wouldn't want to give bad advice. Plus--if we're giving advice of this type, we should get paid for it. Not sure if you can add a new flag type, but it would be helpful and more clear than a simple 'off-topic.'
I also noticed some questions are appearing too long. But that's just a subjective feeling and most of the answers I've seen are providing a summary at the top before diving into the details.
Here are three resources which might help in the future.
Check the help center on how to answer.
Make sure to answer the question
Always provide context for ...
It should be aligned with the help center / tour page to something like:
Ethereum, the decentralized application platform and smart contract enabled blockchain.
This post is a community wiki. Please edit it for minor fixes. For major changes post another answer.
Right now (and for the last couple of years) all of the site designs have been held up in queue. We're waiting to release anything new until we've rolled out the responsive design update to all of the network. All of the sites with the default/beta blue theme will get the update soon, though I'm not sure when. You can see what it will look like by going over ...
This sort of change isn't something that the moderators can do as it lies within the software driving the site.
There are existing facilities to save drafts. These are described in this post.
If you wish to ask for something better, you could try making a feature-request on the main meta.
The devs are generally unwilling to add dependencies unless the community can demonstrate a need. Therefore, the general process for adding MathJax to a site is to find around a dozen or more posts which would benefit from its presence. It would be better if these were not all by the same person.
So start asking, and hope others do similarly. Once there are ...
Sorry, I'm probably one of the guilty parties. Most recently with Running a custom private go-ethereum node cluster using docker . I cannot answer the question adequately otherwise. I'll try to summarise at the beginning so no one has to read the details if they do not want to. And try to clean up afterwards.
Thanks for bringing this up again, I totally forgot about that project. The idea was to integrate these FAQ into the help pages. Got to sticky this somewhere. :)
Regarding the guidance-box on the right when asking a new question: This feature you suggested already exists, if I understand you correctly. As soon as you insert a title and add tags and a body, ...
Play around here: http://www.codecogs.com/latex/eqneditor.php
We should reconsider this when there is a broader need. For now, it's pretty convinient to just use external tools. Also see this heavy debate on main meta: LaTeX on Stack Overflow?
It may take a little time to propagate through all the places, but I'm pleased to report that our site topic, has been fixed, for example see Closing>Off-Topic
This question does not appear to be about Ethereum, the decentralized
application platform and smart contract enabled blockchain, within the
scope defined in the help center.
Ethereum, public blockchain platform with programmable transaction functionality.
It provides a decentralized virtual machine that can execute peer-to-peer contracts using a crypto asset called Ether (unofficial code ETH).