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Further following the great move of the new contributor indicator, maybe the "possible duplicate" automatic message should be nicer. Personally, I edit this comment into something like:

Hi and welcome to Stack Overflow :) This question is a possible duplicate of yada yada. WDYT?

This improved version of the comment will appear only to new contributors. For "old" users it will remain the same.

Here's a similar but not identical or duplicate question: Friendlier wording for automatic "possible duplicate" comment?

  • I often do this here on this site, considering that our [policy] and (meta.stackexchange.com/a/47635/377214) FAQ allow for questions here to be closed as duplicates even if they are merely related, in some cases. For instance, if the target is an faq, I edit the comment to add the specific section where the question is answered, and for cases where the target is unanswered bug, I edit it to say "already reported". – Sonic the Inclusive Hedgehog Mar 4 at 8:53
  • @SonictheWizardWerehog I mention the similar question just to emphasise the difference between new and old users regarding to the automatic message. I updated the question accordingly. – Mosh Feu Mar 4 at 9:11
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    An officially-composed message should absolutely not use txtspeak or emoticons. (Or emoji.) – Josh Caswell Mar 4 at 17:47
  • @JoshCaswell thanks. It's just an example of what I'm using. I'm not an expert content writer. – Mosh Feu Mar 5 at 10:35
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    New users have already been welcomed about a dozen different ways. We don't need more comments saying hello or welcome. We also don't need more confusing TLAs. The comment is all business, because that's what we do here. There's nothing unfriendly about the current wording. – Cody Gray Mar 7 at 6:24
  • @CodyGray I don't think there is a top limit of how nice we could be IMO. – Mosh Feu Mar 7 at 18:56
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    It isn't any nicer. A big flashing "welcome" banner is not nice, nor is it welcoming. A bunch of comments saying "hello" or "welcome" aren't nice, either. They're just noise. The Stack Exchange model works because it focuses on content not noise. If the current wording were not nice or somehow unfriendly, then sure, we should consider changing it. But it isn't. – Cody Gray Mar 7 at 18:59
  • If you THAT sure.. – Mosh Feu Mar 9 at 19:41

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