This is a freestanding post taking its content from a previous discussion on the modal window for first-time askers. Thanks to Martin Sleziak and Tim Campion for the encouragement to post it separately here, so that the moderators can handle the issue better:
I have a suggestion to improve the help page for "What topics can I ask around here?", which currently emphasizes some rarely-relevant items and lacks some often-relevant items.
First proposed edit: After the title question's bolded answer,
mathematical questions related to current research in mathematics
I would add something like
which you are well-placed to ask if you've had graduate-level training in mathematics or another mathematical discipline. (If you haven't had that training, the question is likely to be off-topic.)"
That parenthetical warning does not appear anywhere on the page now.
Second proposed edit: I would emphasize this content by revising the first two paragraphs on the page, which currently showcase such details as
It’s also OK to ask and answer your own question
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Those two comments are so rarely relevant that I'd put them much lower on the help page, to let the more relevant comments float to the top.
Should we make these edits to the help page?