Currently when new users publish their first question, a little box pops up that says

Your first question has been published, now what?

I'm proposing to extend this system. When the user posts their first answer (I don't recall whether a box pops up there), when they receives the first answer for their question, when their question/edit/answer was first deleted/accepted... Many "firsts" could use a gentle pop-up that serves as complement to the Tour and Help Page system.

This system does not even need to be limited to newbies -- When users are first granted review privilege, or vote down, or close vote... a box should pop up to hint them on how to use such moderation privileges to improve the site.

A suggestion for the "first received answer" scenario.

Your question received an answer!

Now what?

  • You may comment on it to communicate with the author and make the answer clearer.
  • You may upvote it if you think the answer is beneficial to the community.
  • You may accept it if you think the answer solves your problem.
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    It would address the issue of people feeling like they need to leave comments explaining how to accept an answer, so I'm for it.
    – BSMP
    Aug 21, 2022 at 7:03
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    There's already a message sent when a user unlocks review queues. I know because I still have the emails from the times when I unlocked review queues for the 18th, 19th, and 20th time. (Can't disable without stopping swag emails.) There's also that popup that I'm still seeing in my face, whenever I visit a queue on a site for the first time. Bottom line: I really don't want to hear about it unless it's a network first!
    – Laurel
    Aug 21, 2022 at 12:06

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I have some other suggestions for the text you suggested:

Your question received an answer!

Now what?

  • Go see if it solved your problem, test it out.
  • You may comment on it to ask the author for clarification.
  • You may show your gratitude by either:
    • Upvoting the answer if you found it helpful.
    • Accepting the answer if it solved your problem.

I shortened the sentences; the shorter they are, the better they are understood. And I inserted a bit about showing gratitude, which could also be worded as "thanks".

I removed the bits about "if you think" because ideally you test an answer before you accept it, so I put that as a first step.

  • Maybe make this into a community wiki so we can think of texts for more scenarios here?
    – Lily White
    Aug 22, 2022 at 12:11
  • You can't test it out in certain SEs, e.g. WorldBuilding, or those scenarios that you really only get one attempt at
    – Lily White
    Nov 2, 2023 at 12:51

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