Is it possible, that when asking a question, a kind of a check to say something like

Tick here, and Yes, I have read the FAQ and acknowledge that the question fits the criteria in order to enforce the user to read the darn thing prior to posting.

All too often OPs are not actually reading the FAQ hence getting shot-down with vote-close and saying its off-topic...

  • Alright :D Seeing your answer below linking to Meta's SO question, it got downvoted 10 times SO, let the downvotes begin :P (jk)
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Jan 18, 2013 at 21:19

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It won't work.

Like we all do with EULAs, they'll tick the box without reading and keep going. If there's any fanciness like a timer or making sure they scroll the page, they'll just cheat it and still not read it.

There are already lots of pointers to the FAQ and asking guidelines when you post here for the first time. (Log out and take a look!) We can do our best to make sure that content is available and helpful, but we can't do anything about the users who refuse to make use of it.

See also: Add "I have read the FAQ" check box to the Ask Question page among many others.

  • True and fair enough so... /me shrugs...
    – t0mm13b
    Commented Jan 18, 2013 at 21:14

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