As you might know, welcoming new users—especially by avoiding overly terse and snarky comments—is a current focus on the network as a whole. Personally, I think the idea of welcoming new users is an extremely important habit for small sites, such as ours, to get into. In fact, I've written a set of guidelines for a sister site.
The message you ...
As a mod if I close something I try to let the user (Specially new ones) know both why I am closing the question and also what I feel they can do to improve it.
This is encouraged, but is not required. If the question is not being closed as a duplicate it probably deserves a comment.
This has actually been a discussion on the larger SEI blog recently
Create a real tour
As much as I like unicorns, it would be much more helpful to new users if the tour page we pointed them to actually included a meaningful example of how to ask questions.
The trouble is that there's only one question on the entire site that meets the strict SE requirements, and it's not exactly an example of our best work (especially ...
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