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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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How does accepting an answer work?

What does it mean to accept an answer? How do I accept an answer, and what are the rules? Can I accept my own self-answer? What are the reputation benefits? Which answer should I accept? Should I ...
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I propose changing the term “closed” out for… something else [duplicate]

The problem One of the recurring questions on Meta is "why was this question closed?" In nearly every case, the question is posed by a newcomer to Stack Exchange who doesn't understand what closing ...
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1answer
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What can I do when getting “We are no longer accepting questions/answers from this account”?

If you are reading this, you may have been affected by one of our post quality bans. If so, it is important that you read the following information to understand what has happened and how to regain ...
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Please think twice about closing SO questions

StackOverflow in particular is intended as a source of information for beginners as well as experts. As such, we can expect there will be naive or "simple" questions. There are also a substantial ...
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Why are questions closed immediately? [duplicate]

Over the last few days I have been observing a feature of Stack Overflow, namely “CLOSE”, through which a question can be closed to answers. In my observation I have found that there are many ...
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8answers
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I don't like to downvote newbies. Am I being too soft?

Newbies tend to ask inappropriate/badly worded questions, the likes of which I'd downvote a regular user for. But I don't like to downvote them, as I think it will put them off SO, instead just ...
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3answers
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I think Stack Overflow should convert to Catholicism so that we may have Purgatory

(psst the religious analogy is for fun; I don't actually think we should baptize Stack Overflow) In the interests of improving questions and question askers, I propose giving moderators the ability ...
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Closing questions while being friendlier to newbies

The SO community is very aggressive about closing duplicate and off-topic questions. This is a good thing overall, but I feel like the experience for new users who ask dup or off-topic questions is ...
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3answers
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How much chance/warning should newbie first questions be given before closing as 'not a real question'? [duplicate]

This new user's first question got closed as 'not a real question', way too abruptly in my opinion. As a first question from a new user it was pretty ok, considering what else is out there. He did ...
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Let questions stay open for a minimum amount of time before being closed

Feature Request *****Make questions unclosable until one hour after they've been asked, with an exception for flagged questions.***** Question What reason can you give for a non-abusive but ...
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Shouldn't there be some sort of grace period before questions can be closed? [duplicate]

So I had my question closed within eight minutes of asking. Is this a little fast? Not only do I object to the reason it was closed (not a real question, come on I'm asking for decent books!), but it ...
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Going easy on new users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs? Should we go a bit easy on new users to SOFU? Regularly I've come across an answer posted by someone with only 1 rep, and it ...
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4answers
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Is it acceptable to vote to close a question without leaving a comment?

Although This is obviously an exceptionally poor question, it still amazes me that 5 people can vote to close and yet not one of them leave a comment to help explain how the poster can improve their ...
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2answers
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Should we close first questions when they are of poor quality?

Today aliexo asked his or her first question on Stack Overflow: My code have answer problem!! (Optimal binary search tree c++). It was badly-worded and contained far too much badly-written code. ...

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