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Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?

There is a distinct decline in the level of civility on all the sites here. Some of this is due to new users coming in and posting spam and other nonsense, but the off-topic and downvote buttons are ...
165 votes
13 answers
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"What have you tried" epidemic

Statistics The usage of "what you tried" (WHYT) is growing (v2) In Q1 of 2012 - 0.0134 such comments per question (~1.33%) In Q2 of 2012 - 0.0167 such comments per question (~1.66%) In Q3 of ...
Brian Webster's user avatar
213 votes
12 answers
5k views

What's with all the rude comments recently?

Maybe I've led a sheltered life until recently, but it really seems that comments are getting ruder and ruder. I've seen on questions by new users (rep of 1), particularly those for whom English is a ...
tvanfosson's user avatar
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77 votes
9 answers
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What are the most effective ways to guide new users?

New users' first contributions to a site, by their nature, often require improvement. There are different methods of dealing with this, and I am looking for evidence that would help understand which ...
Monica Cellio's user avatar
236 votes
1 answer
43k views

What is migration and how does it work?

I posted a question which was closed as off-topic and it seems like it could fit on another site in the network. How can I go about moving it there? What is migration? When can a question be migrated,...
84 votes
2 answers
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How can I report a specific bad user?

Every once in a while we get a question about how to report a bad user to the admins. Sometimes it's a spammer, sometimes it's a troll, sometimes it's just someone who had a momentary blip in the "...
52 votes
3 answers
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Changes to "close as duplicate" (part deux)

I feel like we got off on the wrong foot. Due to me being an idiot miscommunication, a partial change snuck out early, and even though we announced it we didn't really explain why we made the change. ...
David Fullerton's user avatar
50 votes
3 answers
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Can we implement temporary automatic comment ban on 'x' number of validated rude comment flags?

There's been problems with abusive comments since the site started. What's with all the rude comments recently? We still haven't managed to conquer the issue. Negative comments drive new users ...
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29 votes
5 answers
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Rude responses from the community

This has not happened to me. This thread is based on random questions I've seen around. I love Stack Overflow. The variety of answered questions is stellar. Very often, Google leads me to SO on my ...
caiosm1005's user avatar
22 votes
3 answers
280 views

Creating a page specifically designed for new users, and link to it at the top of the faq?

I was recently reading the Skeptics.SE FAQ, and one of the top lines of their faq is: New users (even users familiar with the StackExchange format) should read our introduction to the site before ...
Rachel's user avatar
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2 answers
452 views

Make community less hostile for beginners [duplicate]

Honestly, How many times do I see the true value of coming to stackoverflow only to ask a beginner question or something I am new at and literally get run off the site by rude and hostile users. ...
Grant Wilkinson's user avatar
2 votes
1 answer
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What action is taken by SO on rude and offensive comment

Given that my answer was down voted by another SO user. When asked for reason got very rude and offensive reply back Just after a minute or so another user up votes the comments of previous offensive ...
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24 votes
0 answers
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Rename "About" to "New User? Click Here" for anonymous or new users?

Can we change the About link on SE sites to "New User? Click here" (or just "New User?") for anonymous and "new" users? "New" users would probably be something like Recently created account ...
Rachel's user avatar
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-1 votes
3 answers
184 views

Suggest a system that will help promote less rudeness in answers

Soap box So, I'm new here but, I've seen a lot of comments that are extremely rude. The most common ones are "RTFM" type comments placed as part of answers. I can understand the frustrations related ...
Kevin Peno's user avatar
-17 votes
1 answer
187 views

Can no longer ask, "What have you tried?" in comments? [duplicate]

I don't understand why we're not allowed to ask, "What have you tried?" in the comments section of a question. Can anyone explain this decision? Proof
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