- New user not able to comment (answer gets catch-22).
- What am I supposed to do as a newbie if I want more info on a question?
- How does a new user begin using Stack Overflow/Stack Exchange?
- Six simple tips to get reputation fast on any Stack Exchange site
- How can I contribute to Stack Overflow just by voting and never answering/posting questions?
Right after a new user registers for this site (and/or related ones), such user is quite limited in what he/she can do on these sites. I think I understand why. Such user cannot comment anywhere because the required privilege was not earned yet.
So such user needs to start "doing things on SE" to "earn" the required (eg 50) points somehow. But with all imposed limitations for such user, it is quite frustrating. Here are some examples of what it is like to be a new-user:
If such user finds a question and wants to ask a related question, then he/she typically wonders about one or more of these possible questions (pretty sure there are other questions ...):
- Should I post an answer?
- Am I actually allowed (already) to post an answer (maybe it requires a privilege I do not have yet)?
- I want to answer but I don't know for sure how to do actually so (and I want to avoid making a bad first impression).
- If I post an answer it might not comply with the guidelines (I want to prevent being perceived as not following them, as illustrated also by the rather scary "Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?").
- I don't know what could happen (I'm too new to realise / predict the possible consequences, due to lack of experience with how this community typically reacts).
Comments are disabled (see above), so that's not an option 'yet'.
- Sure there is a badge awarded for 'visiting' the help center (I did so too ...), but what does that really mean? How about making that specific batch (way) more difficult for it to be rewarded? Note to myself: did anybody ever file a feature-request about that? Thanks Deer Hunter for suggesting visiting the help center as a possible (partial?) remedy.
So it appears that if such user doesn't 'answer' the question, he/she will not get any closer to being able to get out of what appears to be a newbie loop.
My Question: How can such user get more information, or just suggest something to the original poster (Note: often abbreviated as OP-er, whereas OP=Original Post ...)?
Credits to all participants for teaching/suggesting me (sometimes quite challenging ...), Especially to "James", a real SE "mentor". Start 'lurking' via his profile page to learn 'AbitMORE' and consider voting (up!) any of his impressive questions, and answers.
Notes to myself (haven't found a feature, or earned some privilege, to make it invisible ...): I'm the OP of this question, and " learned some other lesson" recently about the "power" that an OP seems to have regarding some hidden feature that is NOT documented (yet) in the official help pages ... at least I have not found such documentation yet. Todos:
What are "my" options if I would want to "overrule" the voting to consider this question as a duplicate (I do not question that anymore, but just want to learn about such options). If I can't figure it out, I'll probably "ask" people like ... James!
What's a 'catch 22' ? I do know what "lesson 101" is ... that doesn't help of course. It's tough to be a non-native-english SE-er ... awel, "merci mes amis"!