After a lingering concern about close reasons, I started a close reasons evaluation last month. Although the results of the evaluation was respectable and close reasons haven't raised red flags since, my personal opinion was that it didn't strike much of a chord with the community at large.
Eventually, because of this comment about a close reason not being helpful to a new user, I had a useful discussion with our friends at Mechanics SE. As a result of said discussion, I have decided to take a page from their playbook.
Sports SE is not a forum
It's Q&A. Not Q&Q. Nor Q&Commentary. Nor Q&Chit-Chat.
Sports SE and SE veterans understand how this site works, but new users usually do not. The purpose of this meta discussion is for new users to highlight what they should understand about how Sports SE works in order for them to have the smoothest transition possible.
The idea is to have something more specific to Sports SE than the tour and what's on-topic here. Contrasting Sports SE with a regular forum will help, although "most sports fans are casual and interested only in talking about what happened last night." However, good questions do arise from what happened "last night," so instead of viewing this as a "struggle," let's embrace this.
For our recently-joined users, we would like you to help us in this regard as your transition experience may be fresh in your mind.
General Stack Exchange (*adapted from Mechanics SE)
This post will continuously be IN PROGRESS until further notice. The community is welcome to contribute.