I understand and may have contributed to your frustration, but not everything discussed here is a GitHub-style issue. I would worry that the automatic appearance of such a template (if that is what you are suggesting) would discourage new users from posting, especially if they need help finding the information requested, are unclear about the intended behavior of Node-RED, or have difficulty expressing themselves in English. Perhaps a brief note from the moderators to new users, setting out the best way to get assistance, if that is what they need, would be more helpful.
Yes, I agree. A companionable response suggesting more information is generally sufficient and people are normally fairly responsive.
Of course, we seem to be going through another growth period on the forum with lots of new posters so there is always some adjustment, especially when people don't have English as their first language.
I've participated in a great many public forums over the years and I have to say that Node-RED's forums are some of the friendliest I've ever seen. We have a great community here.
@drmibell@TotallyInformation I don't disagree, but sometimes the questions are 'the sky is blue', please help. And posting flows seems to be a problem too. Some initial self initiative wouldn't hurt the user either, i believe.
I would hesitate to add a template to the general category for the reasons mentioned above. (Indeed we find plenty of users manage to delete/ignore the template we do have on the github issues list...) - but maybe a separate help or problems category that did have a template ? (not looked at how possible that is yet) - but then folk may well not find or use it anyway, plus it's another category for us all to watch.
Having 'another category to follow' doesn't mean more messages to read. For those that do choose individual categories to follow, they may appreciate the ability to filter out some of the calls for help.
To revitalise this topic, the other day I registered for "the things network", also discourse forum, when you register, there is a bot that let's you "learn" how to use the forum - before you can open a topic, I found it quite convincing and helpful.
I think it's called "discourse narrative bot", could be helpful here, at least for posting code
ah, it's not required here, but the bot will send you a DM message to start it, so that's how you know about it usually. Though posting code is not in it... but things about editing messages, uploading files/photos, and so on are in it. Might be worth checking if it can have custom steps added to it for code.
Although I did notice that only a few people had that badge as completed...
There is a standard Discourse bot that is triggered when you first join any Discourse site. It is quite amusing the first time or two but once you've had to join 4 or 5, it gets very annoying since, if you don't follow it through, you get reduced features - at least for a while.