It's been mentioned here before. This type of question is the most frequent one we get around here. Something is not behaving as it should, and the asker either gives us nothing or dumps their entire init file in the question. Some examples:
- emacs 24 lag problem
- move-beginning-of-line broken in comint mode
- Scrolling seems to add an unwanted chunk into my kill ring
- Cannot open load file: file or directory not found /home/user/emacs.d/elpa/archives -pkg
- New Emacs 24.4 problems in org-mode
- Opening latex files works on one computer but not the other
- Why are some buffers not displayed in the menu-bar? (this one is mine, even.)
The duplicates facility is one of StackExchange's most important features, so I propose we use it.
- We need a general well-written question (herein, the motherthread) detailing this kind of issue and a couple of answers detailing ways to pintpoint the problem.
- When this type of question shows up, we mark it as a duplicate of the motherthread, and leave a comment asking the user to edit their question if those instructions are not enough for them.
- Once the user follows the instructions on the motherthread, if they're still confused they can edit their original question with details on what they found, and we'll gladly unmark it as a duplicate and give informed answers.
This post is meant to discuss the following:
- Is there a high-voted question out there we can clean up for this purpose? Or should we make a new one?
- What could be the content of this question?
- What answers should we write on it?
- The usual “Try emacs -Q then bisect your init file in the following way” should be one, of course, and there are already several samples of it in the questions linked above.
toggle-debug-on-error/warningshould also have an answer there.
- I've also been working (for the very purpose of using it on this site) on a package that performs the bisection automatically, assuming that the problem itself can be detected with elisp code.