Several folks have noted that ELU regulars have a predilection towards snobbery and are perceived as generally unwelcoming to new users. I realized today that I'm guilty of this, and I haven't even been around that long.
So, pursuant to a more continual "summer of love", I suggest a repository of polite responses to various types of off-topic or ill-suited questions asked by new users. The intent here is to provide a server-side community-edited starting point of pro-forma responses from which reviewers may cull polite, appropriate responses when deciding how to interact with problematic questions.
Answers should be in the form of a Community Wiki, each answer pertaining to a situation encountered.
When using the suggested responses, keep in mind they may need to be tailored to the questions and answers (and possibly users) we encounter. These are not universal solutions that will work for everyone. Use your best judgment when replying.
Other relevant links:
- Repository of useful pro-forma comments (geared mostly towards Stack Overflow)
- Etiquette for posting civil and informative comments
- Polite way to tell new users to improve question/answer
- Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?
- What are the most effective ways to guide new users? (especially this answer)
- Reference: templates for common comments (from CS.SE)