# Suggestions for the new ask page

The Ask page has been changed; see also The new ask page is now live on the network. I am writing this meta question as so that we can collect ideas about how we can make the best use of the new features on Chemistry. If we reach consensus on a proposal, we could write the corresponding later.

For example, the contents of the "Draft your question" sidebar on Chemistry are still limited to a short standard text:

On Physics, however, the sidebar has a longer custom text:

I guess a useful sidebar on Chemistry could look quite similar. In particular, it could include a link to our homework guidance. By the way, our homework guidance already has a (unfortunately well-hidden) similar attempt to guide new users through the (old) ask page:

We could also think about tag-related error warnings like this one:

For example, we could link the tag to a short version of our guidelines on how to ask nomenclature questions.

• In the body instead of generic inputs as to how to write a question I firmly advocate telling users what not to do. Direct concise hw policy – Avyansh Katiyar Mar 9 '20 at 17:07
• I don't think this needs to be all that complicated. Just put whatever you see yourself putting in the comments to new users; and canned comments are a good start. (Absolutely shameless plug) It probably has to be written in an answer below, and put to a vote, but that would require too much stamina and I'm lazy. – M.A.R. Mar 11 '20 at 14:51
• "Typeset chemical formulas in the body (e.g. \$\ce{HCO3-(aq)}\$, which will appear as $\ce{HCO3-(aq)}$) but not in the title (e.g. HCO3(-) (aq))" – Karsten Theis Mar 12 '20 at 13:35