mechanics.SE is not a forum
It's Q&A. Not Q&Q. Nor Q&Commentary. Nor Q&Chit-Chat.
The seasoned SE veterans understand the rules, but the new users don't and we ought to help them make a smooth transition.
I'd like to use this Meta post to highlight to the new users what they should understand about the workings of this site.
The idea is to have something more specific to mechanics.SE than the generic tour. Contrasting mech.SE with a regular forum will help, in my opinion.
I'm especially looking to our recently-joined users to help us in this regard as well, since their transition experience will be fresh in their minds.
Topics to be addressed
General Stack Exchange
- Why can't I just post my question in the same "thread"?
- Where can I go to update my profile or see what privileges I have?
- How do I express my agreement or disagreement with a certain statement/comment/answer?
- What kind of questions are not a good fit for this site?
- I posted something. Why was it deleted?
- Can I promote product X or service Y?
- Are posts expected to be formal?
- Something's wrong with my vehicle and there's a Check Engine Light. What information do I need to provide?
- Why am I being asked to connect a scan tool to my vehicle? Why am I being asked for Diagnostic Trouble Codes?
- Have I provided enough information regarding my problem?
- I'm hearing noises. Can you help me figure out what it is?
- My vehicle refuses to start. What information should I provide?
- What information is required to diagnose cooling system issues?
- I have an intermittent problem. What information should I provide?
- What information is required to diagnose air-conditioning issues?
Thanks in advance