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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 ...
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New top bar is coming to the Stack Exchange network

Update: See: New top bar next steps and response to feedback I'm the new product manager for the DAG team. I’m excited to announce that the top bar design that has been on Stack Overflow ...
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It’s time to retire the term “rep-whore”

Going forward, “rep-whore” (and its derivatives) will be treated like any other term that’s inconsistent with the community’s “be nice” policy: it will be removed. It’s totally okay if you’ve used ...
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Ways to give users some specific education about question quality and topicality

Important: This question is being asked here, and not on the Programmers Meta, because I believe that several SE sites suffer from this same, specific problem. On Programmers, I see a pattern ...
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On-topic list is too hard to find in the new help center

The On-Topic section is really the core of what defines a site. In the former FAQ sections, it was prominently placed and easy to identify. Now in the Help Center, it is buried half way down and 3 ...
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Bandwagon effect in close votes

I have suspected this for a while, because in the review queue I often see questions people have voted to close as "not constructive" that several people have marked as "not a real question", and ...
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Making /help/on-topic easier to find

Stack Exchange has many sites with similar themes, such as Math Stack Exchange vs MathOverflow or Super User vs Ask Ubuntu. I find it fairly difficult to find what is relevant on a particular Stack ...
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Can we see the results of Project Reduplication of Deduplication?

Back in October 2016, there was an announcement that Stack Exchange would be collaborating with the University of Melbourne on duplicate question detection. It looks like the portion of work where we ...
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Improve the link text of the magic link [help/on-topic]

The link text of some magic links is a precise phrase, for example [ask], linking to /help/how-to-ask, will have the link text "How to Ask". But [help/on-topic], linking to /help/on-topic, will have ...
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Can we get a hotlink for the “On Topic” page in the Help Center?

I know there's another post saying the On Topic page is too hard to find in the new Help Center, but that's not what I'm asking. I want a hotlink for comments that goes directly to the On Topic page, ...
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Can we find a way make sure that new users acknowledge the on-topic page before being able to post?

Similar question / suggestion to Discovering on-topic rules of a new SE site, but a bit more specific. Over on Music.SE, when a new user asks a question, there is a 'How to Ask' sidebar that says ...
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Insist on “on-topicness” when user enters Ask Question page

Off-topic and not constructive questions are an annoyance. I would like to reformulate the remarks made in this unanswered question (and also partially this question) but bring hopefully more ...
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Is there a place to get the textual overview (what is on-topic) of all sites?

Between: Which computer science / programming Stack Exchange do I post in? Does Stack Exchange have an Economics section? and other random guidance I've found by perusing the "on-topic / off-topic" ...
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Discovering on-topic rules of a new SE site

I find current process for discovering what is a good question for a given SE site somewhat unintuitive. Let's take Software Recommendations as an example. I start with this: OK, yes, in general my ...
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Drawing more attention to */help/on-topic on the “Ask Question” page

I'm using StackOverflow and other StackExchange sites for 4 years, I'm a casual user: if all my googling fails, and inescapably got stuck with something, I'll ask, accept and go away when done. I ...