This is a follow up to my prior question about the harsh treatment we give to newcomers:
In spirit there seems to be a consensus that:
We do want prior research shown (though with some disagreement on how much)
We want to be welcoming.
The current message could be improved.
The current message is the following and needs to be improved:
Welcome to History:SE. What has your research shown you so far? Where have you already searched? What did you find? Please help us to help you. You might find it helpful to review the site tour and Help Centre and, in particular, How to Ask.
My initial off the top of my head replacement suggestion was:
Welcome to History:SE. Could you edit your question to clarify what you've looked into already, complete with links and references, and context if applicable? In particular, please let us know what you find missing or unclear about the Wikipedia entry on the topic, if one exists. This allows those who might want to answer to do so without needing to redo the work you've already done. You might find it helpful to review the site tour and Help Centre and, in particular, How to Ask.
It has problems too (refer to the above-mentioned thread).
Please suggest a better wording -- it needs to fit in our 500 character comment format, including links in magic brackets -- and let's change the canonical comment with the highest upvoted suggestion.