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In conjunction with Do we have Standardised Comments?, we should help new users by giving them Templates to fill out so they can help us help them!

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As a little trick: one can add these templates "invisibly" by adding the text between <!-- and --> and turning it into a supposed HTML statement, which then is invisible on the real view but can be edited and easily modified in edit view.

Add the following comment to highlight this:

Hello [User]. Your question is lacking detail and as such is hard to answer without knowing a couple of things about your printer setup. Please [edit] and fill in the [placeholders] in the template I added and then remove the leading <!-- and trailing --> afterwards. This will turn it visible and help us help you find the actual problem.

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Hello [User]. Your question is lacking detail and as such is hard to answer without knowing a couple of things about your printer setup. Please [edit] and fill in the [placeholders] in the template I added and then remove the leading `<!--` and trailing `-->` afterwards. This will turn it visible and help us help you find the actual problem.

Printer and basic settings

The most basic problem when we have to help is, that we often don't know what the setup is. So, we need stuff to help in identifying what the user is actually using. But how does the user know? They could fill out the blanks in this, as these are pretty much readable from the slicer and machine:

I have a [insert printer make and model] which I use together with [insert slicer here]. I print in [PLA/ABS/PETG/Whatever Material] at [Extruder temperature] °C. [The print bed is set to [Bed Temperature] °C / I don't have a heated print bed]. I use a print cooling fan at [whatever] %. The layer height I set to 0.[x] mm, the line width [line width/extrusion width] from the 0.[x] mm nozzle. The Printing Speed is set to [x] mm/s [for walls and [x] mm/s for infill]. My retraction is [X] mm/off at [x] mm/s.

Invisible template version

C&P ⎘

<!-- I have a [insert printer make and model] which I use together with [insert slicer here]. I print in [PLA/ABS/PETG/Whatever Material] at [Extruder temperature] °C. [The print bed is set to [Bed Temperature] °C / I don't have a heated print bed]. I use a print cooling fan at [whatever] %. The layer height I set to 0.[x] mm, the line width [line width/extrusion width] from the 0.[x] mm nozzle. The Printing Speed is set to [x] mm/s [for walls and [x] mm/s for infill]. My retraction is [X] mm/off at [x] mm/s. -->
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    $\begingroup$ Excellent! A very useful template indeed - it will save a lot of typing, as do the standardised comments Thank you :-) $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    Apr 25, 2019 at 10:46
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    $\begingroup$ I've just realised that when these are used, for a new user, we might have to tell them to remove the <> once they have filed in the blanks - or end up having to remove them ourselves... $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    May 3, 2019 at 15:55
  • $\begingroup$ @Greenonline yes, one would. $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    May 3, 2019 at 15:57
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    $\begingroup$ I have changed the language within the template to remove the word "terse". Terse has negative connotations in the English language. It generally means "short and rude". If you say an OP's question is "terse", you are basically calling them rude ... In the process, if we really don't mean that, we are the ones being rude. $\endgroup$ Nov 11, 2019 at 23:06
  • $\begingroup$ @Pᴀᴜʟsᴛᴇʀ2 - good point, well spotted... it'll also need to be removed from the standard comments too, as I think I used it there too... $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    Nov 12, 2019 at 19:12
  • $\begingroup$ @Greenonline - AH! I should have known ... glad you adjusted it! :o) $\endgroup$ Nov 12, 2019 at 21:38
  • $\begingroup$ @Greenonline apparently, the HTML hiding no longer works :( $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    Dec 26, 2021 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, that's really annoying. Do you know since when it stopped working, and also why it stopped working? Was it due to a change by the SE team? Have you got a link? How did you find out? $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    Dec 27, 2021 at 7:48
  • $\begingroup$ @Greenonline I found by adding it to a question that was little more than a blurb "I can't print!" or such. I suspect it is a change in the code $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    Dec 27, 2021 at 7:52
  • $\begingroup$ Hmmm... If I were you. I would raise a bug on Meta.SE. They've made a lot of changes recently, that negatively impact upon the UX/UI. $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    Dec 27, 2021 at 8:16
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    $\begingroup$ The template doesn't seem to be invisible anymore... see 3dprinting.stackexchange.com/q/19281/4762 and 3dprinting.stackexchange.com/q/19280/4762. Shouldn't start and end be <!-- ... -->? $\endgroup$
    – Greenonline Mod
    Apr 22 at 7:16
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    $\begingroup$ Fixed with the new code! $\endgroup$
    – Trish
    Apr 22 at 7:22

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