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What is the best message to notify a new user with an issue with their post (via a comment) while posting a(n)...

  1. Challenge (unclear specs/questionable)
  2. Challenge (duplicate)
  3. Challenge (off-topic)
  4. Answer to a challenge.
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  • \$\begingroup\$ Do you mean what to say in a comment notifying the user of an issue with their post? \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. Oct 30 '15 at 0:00
  • \$\begingroup\$ @AlexA. Yes. I'll specify that. \$\endgroup\$ – GamrCorps Oct 30 '15 at 0:00
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I always start by welcoming the new user. It's best to make users feel welcome in the community and not to sound hostile. I also always recommend the Sandbox (especially now that there's no rep limit).

For specific issues:

  • Unclear

    Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! This challenge could use a bit of clarification. For example, (insert specific issues here). I recommend posting future challenges to the [Sandbox](http://meta.codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/2140/sandbox-for-proposed-challenges) where they can get meaningful feedback before being posted to the main site.

  • Duplicate

    Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! Unfortunately this challenge is too similar to [Challenge Name](link to existing challenge) to warrant a separate post. I recommend posting future challenges to the [Sandbox](http://meta.codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/2140/sandbox-for-proposed-challenges) where they can get meaningful feedback before being posted to the main site.

  • Off-topic

    Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! This site is for programming competitions, not for general programming questions. For those you can try [Stack Overflow|Super User|Other SE Site](link), but make sure to check out their Help Center first to ensure your question is on topic. Thanks!

  • Answer

    Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! This doesn't quite meet the requirements of the challenge since [specific issues]. OR Submissions on this site must [specific issue with link to meta].

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    \$\begingroup\$ I suppose a default text specifically for ungolfed answers would come in handy. I'll see if I can write one up later. \$\endgroup\$ – Martin Ender Oct 30 '15 at 13:27
  • \$\begingroup\$ @MartinBüttner That would be great! I can make this CW if you think that'd be best. \$\endgroup\$ – Alex A. Oct 30 '15 at 18:30

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