fashizzlepop wrote:I think this would also work for a FAQ including things like "What do I need to do to learn to hack?" or "What is the next step?"
Yes it could make a nice FAQ. You could provide reference to the FAQ when the user is taking the ToS test. Make sure all the main points from the ToS are included in the FAQ and the ToS test so that none of the ToS are missed out.
This idea I provided is not original though.
I have learned this from an outsourcing site I once signed up for a couple of years ago, Odesk. In order to apply above a certain limit of jobs, or work above a certain number of hours, you need to pass a readiness test which involves an open book quiz covering all the major aspects of Odesk including it's dispute resolution policies and the conditions for guaranteed payment. For every question, they even provide you direct links to the answers. A very nice and effective implementation of a test in order to ensure the user goes through all the terms and conditions and company policies. In the HTS case, the incentive provided should be the ability to post once you have passed the test (pass rate should be full marks, no exceptions). If one of the questions are answered incorrectly, the quiz will go on till the end and show "test failed" at the end of the quiz. The user would have to retake the whole quiz where the questions will be randomly re-sequenced every time. This will ensure that the user does not try random answers to pass the quiz.
This is an almost fool proof system and should filter out a lot of illiterates (who, at that point will have no idea what to do and due to lack of support, back off) and "n00bs" who would think twice before posting something that they know would get them flamed and banned.
This system is more likely to put the HTS staff into a bit more ease as related to your "n00b" problem.
By the way and totally off topic
...I'm working on a short musical clip on Goatboy related to the banning hammer*EDIT: Here it is. Enjoy!