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

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I think we can solve this by implementing Clippy.

Clippy!

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