A couple of remarks regarding the new contributor banner:
- If a new user is actively engaging on the site and posting regularly, it doesn't take long for them to become familiar with the site guidelines and rules, in which case the "new contributor" tag doesn't apply to them anymore. It would be appropriate to remove the indicator after a certain number of posts/reputation (or after a week has passed). This is not to say that a new user who has several posts automatically understands everything about the site; the wait of seven days isn't enough to fully understand the site either, but it is sufficient enough to remove the 'new contributor' banner.
As an example: Suppose I post a question on a site, then remain inactive for a couple of months. If I come back, I will no longer have the 'new contributor' tag, but I think I would still count as one. Whereas if I had actively contributed, I wouldn't be so 'new' after a couple of days.
Personally, I don't like having this displayed whenever I post a new question/answer:
- Here is the message displayed when hovering over the indicator:
[user] is a new contributor to this site. Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering. Check out our Code of Conduct.
First of all, doesn't the Code of Conduct apply to everyone, not just when interacting with new users? Also, what is meant by "Take care in asking for clarification, commenting, and answering"? It's almost as if we are supposed to treat new users as some sort of delicate object, and it's honestly kind of degrading. I think most new users here are mature enough to handle the expectations of the site, without having to be 'babied' by more experienced veterans.
As long as all interactions as civil and constructive, the new user should not have any reasons to feel discouraged or unwelcome. This applies to all interactions, new user or not, per the Code of Conduct.
Three courses of action:
a. I would be in favor of getting rid of the message and just displaying the icon. If this is impractical from a coding perspective, something like "[user] is new here, say hi!" should be sufficient. This should be enough to remind other users to have a little more patience.
b. Getting rid of the thing entirely:
something like this shows a lack of trust in the community to take care of our own. It somehow indicates that we need reminding/nagging about new users, and somehow they'll wither in the scathing heat of our sites without a little extra care.
I feel like its very much a reminder that at the time, the company didn't trust its existing users to take care of the new ones. I guess the question is - can/does/will it, and does it see the reminder/nag to have the intended effect.
I'd rather have a reminder when there's a potentially negative interaction, perhaps with a downvote or a comment, rather than having that hanging there all the time, but that's just me.
(Quotes from Journeyman Geek's answer)
Toxic users are going to be toxic regardless, nice users will still be nice, and the banner reminds us of the deep rifts that existed/still exist between the company and the community.
c. Leaving it as-is, this seems to be what the majority wants at this moment.
Here are some related discussions when the feature first came out.