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Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs?

What are some nice ways that we can welcome new users to our site?

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Duplicate meta.stackexchange.com/questions/24685/… (and I think others) –  cletus Oct 30 '09 at 0:12

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I think we can solve this by implementing Clippy.

Clippy!

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Undeniably clever ... but this was irony wasn't it? –  pavium Oct 30 '09 at 3:29
    
That welbogging little paperclip has terrible grammar. I want to strangle it until it is indistinguishable from a staple. –  XMLbog Oct 30 '09 at 11:04

The usual SO welcome: answer their questions, critique their answers.

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+1. You forgot; Edit the heck out of their plzsendtehcodez questions. :-D –  George Stocker Oct 30 '09 at 1:03
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Ah, yes - that too especially. –  Shog9 Oct 30 '09 at 1:13

New user or not, we should treat everybody with respect in our comments and answers.

For new users, give pointers and encouragements before any down-voting. Give reason if we do so. Up-vote when they are doing something right (though may not be great).

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Show them a picture of Jon Skeet's pony.

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I've tried the 'welcome aboard' approach, and it didn't seem to have any repercussions...

We should definitely be friendly to new users who do the right thing.

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Typically, new users who do the right thing aren't the problem and aren't the once who are encountering unfriendly responses. –  Jherico Oct 30 '09 at 0:32
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Did someone say there was a problem?? –  pavium Oct 30 '09 at 0:41

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