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Is something in the Stack Exchange UI inadvertently wrongly leading people to MSE?

I've noticed recently that among the various posts here on meta.stackexchange.com that appear clearly intended for one or another main network site (and there seem to be a handful per day) that: The ...
Karl Knechtel's user avatar
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What is the expected way for a NEW user to identify the correct SE for a question?

Are the different SE sites intended to operate as a whole? Or is there no expectation that any one site should care about getting questions answered unless they are on topic for that site? Use case: ...
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Can new users not be bait-and-switched?

As a new user on SE, I shared the common new-user experience of questions downvoted, and closed, and the feeling of being kicked around by (well-meaning) moderators, and perhaps worse, the suspicion ...
YouDontSay's user avatar
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Flag link for new user own post does nothing

A new user (tested only on an unregistered one) has three links below their own question: share, edit, and flag. The last one (flag) actually doesn't do anything. No popup is appearing. Is there ...
αλεχολυτ's user avatar
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Add context "refers to site" for "About" used on welcome block for new users

If you are a new user to the site, you will see the welcome block on the right side of the main page: That block has three links in the bottom part: About Help Meta Sometime ago, we decided that ...
αλεχολυτ's user avatar
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2 answers
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Feedback about joining a new Stack Exchange site (with suggestions)

I'm not questioning the moderator decision; this is about the experience. I'm an experienced Stack Overflow user, but I just joined this Web Applications Stack Exchange site today to ask a related ...
Offirmo's user avatar
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Request for new user limitation: minimum character count to ask a question

Over at Worldbuilding we periodically receive new users who (not surprisingly) don't believe they need to take the tour or read the Help Center pages before they use the site. Call it being human... ...
JBH's user avatar
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What can I do if an answer in the "First Answers" Review Queue is objectively wrong?

All the options presented to me through the UI do not seem to address the situation correctly. Here is a screenshot of the options available to me. And here are the Share Feedback options. The only ...
davidalayachew's user avatar
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Could or should the "search first, ask question later" principle be made more prominently visible?

I'm relatively new (roughly a month), so please excuse any great misunderstandings. Presumptions / Impressions: (A) It may vary a bit per case or community, but in general, the approach seems to be ...
srn's user avatar
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Add on-topic notice to the top part (logo row) for 1 rep users

Whenever I see the blatantly off-topic questions on the site, I'm curious why the asker did this. This is probably due to a hidden from the asker's eyes on-topic notice. What if we make the on-topic ...
αλεχολυτ's user avatar
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Reputation graph suggests you've been a member for longer than you are

I joined a new site two days ago. When I look at the reputation graph on my profile, it looks like I've been a member for a couple of weeks already: Wouldn't it be better to limit the graph from the ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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Effectiveness of site name / descriptions of sites for "power users"

This is a follow-up of How can a community know who outsiders think a community is for?. While it could be argued that people posting "bad" don't read the directions of the Ask Question form ...
Rubén's user avatar
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Guidance for "me too"ers (answerers / commenters and upvoters)

On Web Applications SE we have a lot of short questions that get lots of views and "a lot" of "me too" or alike answers, comments and upvotes. Regarding me too upvotes, from ...
Rubén's user avatar
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Why can new users only answer every 30 minutes? [duplicate]

Since a new user to Stack Overflow like me can only post an answer to a question every 30 minutes, this makes it extremely irrelevant for new users and will in short; drive users away from Stack ...
Conor Mac's user avatar
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2 answers
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New feature to encourage improvement and discourage hasty closing of almost-good questions from new contributors [duplicate]

A new contributor asks a question that, on face value, is poor. Maybe the wording is off topic, or is phrased to solicit opinion, or is a little cloudy or asks too many questions. If: the situation ...
jay613's user avatar
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A Modest Proposal for Making a More Civil Community

Stack Exchange constantly encourages people to be more civil to the new users. People sign up to a new account on Stack Overflow, ask for someone to solve their homework questions, and get upset if ...
Charles Merriam's user avatar
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Let post authors under 15 rep flag comments on their posts as "no longer needed"

Proposal Allow new users to flag comments on their posts as "no longer needed" (NLN), even without 15 rep. See my later suggestion (at the bottom) on how to cut down on possible abuse-cases. ...
starball's user avatar
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Is it possible to make the tour more prominent to new users again?

The tour (redirects to the Chemistry SE tour), is something that gives users a brief idea on how the specific site works. However, this feature has become so hidden away that new users do not even ...
Safdar Faisal's user avatar
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1 answer
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Add new / low rep users to chat rooms created "continue discussion in chat" by gold tag badge holders (or alike privilege based)

According to Moderator moves comments to chat - can low-rep user participate?, low rep users are allowed to chat when a discussion is moved to a chat room by a moderator, but not when the chat room is ...
Rubén's user avatar
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Is a "timeout" period for new users considered or even possible at some SE sites?

Over at Ask Ubuntu meta, I posted a question regarding new users. My experience is that there are many new users coming in that don't understand the difference between SE sites and a forum. There are ...
Artur Meinild's user avatar
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0 answers
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Remove an account promoting escort services [duplicate]

I just rejected a spam edit on MSO from a new user promoting an escort service. Looking at the user's profile here on MSE, it seems to have no purpose other than (spammingly?) promoting an escort ...
Mureinik's user avatar
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1 answer
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Extending the "Your first question has been published, now what?" system

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 ...
Lily White's user avatar
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What is the threshold for the review-needed indicator (the red circle) in the First Questions and First Answers?

In the dropdown for review, we sometimes have an indicator (red circle) showing that there are many reviews - and that this particular review queue needs attention. The thresholds are mentioned in ...
Martin's user avatar
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Label questions for beginners to answer

I have read Should easy questions be left for beginners? That is, beginners like answering questions too?. TL;DR I want to propose a system similar to the linked post, but one that does not prevent ...
eccentricOrange's user avatar
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Is downvoting en masse an on-topic question "friendly"?

On Meta we often see off-topic questions that have no rhyme or reason: too many if truth be told. These questions are downvoted by the community, closed swiftly, removed from the main page and deleted ...
Mari-Lou A Слава Україні's user avatar
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Is there a "top banner" also for new users or low-rep users?

When I view some site without being logged in (or in incognito mode), I see a banner near the top of the site with some basic information about the site. For example, on Meta Stack Exchange I get this ...
Martin's user avatar
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"comments must be at least 15 characters in length" when I am trying to post a question [duplicate]

I have been trying to post a question on Stack Overflow for the first time. My title and body meet the minimum character requirements, but when I try to post it, I get "Comments must be at least ...
aenika's user avatar
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Can't post question on Stack Overflow - 'this looks like spam.' [duplicate]

I just signed up to Stack Overflow, trying to post my first question. What's wrong with it? I've already removed redundant text in the post, but still Stack Overflow says This looks like spam.
Ron Michaeli's user avatar
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Add link to help center in the canned First question comments

When reviewing a user's first question, we can opt to leave a comment, and there is the option of picking 2 canned comments: Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to ...
L.Dutch's user avatar
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Remove empty badges block in profile page

There's no need to show empty block named "Badges" for new users, like this one:
αλεχολυτ's user avatar
10 votes
1 answer
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Change the auto-generated VTC as Duplicate comment to help new users feel more welcome and understand how to better use SE

Sometimes questions get marked as a possible duplicate and they get closed before the OP has a chance to explain how their question is different from others that seem to be similar. Currently when the ...
Martin Hemsley's user avatar
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0 answers
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Bad UX for new user when told to move post to other SE 'site' but can only post 1 per 40 min [duplicate]

I'd like to recommend a code change in Stack Exchange to prevent a bad user experience that happened to me, a new user. I posted a question on the Unix site, and was told it would be better in ...
Natalie's user avatar
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Why did this answer get three First Answer review queue items?

As can be seen in its timeline, a recent answer on Science Fiction & Fantasy ended up twice in the First Answers review queue: [1] and [2]. This normally only happens in case of review audits; as ...
Glorfindel's user avatar
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5 votes
1 answer
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First question workflow - Does Stack Exchange need a 'question needs more detail' canned response?

When I look at the First Questions queue I often encounter questions that make perfect sense, so the 'question is unclear' response isn't really appropriate. What the question needs isn't clarity but ...
Marty Fouts's user avatar
1 vote
1 answer
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First answer queue showed me an answer by a long-time user [duplicate]

My first answer queue today showed my this answer: How to use structured bindings to set array's values? The answer history shows no edits. The answering user has been around since at least 2018 ...
memtha's user avatar
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1 answer
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Do posts in the first answers and first questions queues age out?

Do review items in the First questions and First answers queues age out of the queues? I tried finding this info in What are the guidelines for reviewing? but it doesn't say. Neither could I find the ...
bad_coder's user avatar
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First-Review Queue: Always Show Question

I have started looking at the "first answers" review queue, and I find that I almost always need to see the question (and, often, other answers) in order to gain context. Other than link-...
Wonko the Sane's user avatar
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1 answer
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Notify new users of close votes, explain what that means, and recommend next steps

tl;dr: New users aren't notified of close votes, and probably wouldn't know how to check for them When a question is closed: New users don't know what this means (it's valuable feedback!) Limited ...
LShaver's user avatar
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Choosing the appropriate tags and the influence of this [closed]

Choosing the right tags is good from many point of views, but users (especially new) could be confused somehow. A question can be debated, straight answered or both. For simplicity, it can be under ...
teo's user avatar
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What does "your feedback has been recorded" mean when casting a vote was declined because of low rep? [duplicate]

As I was trying to cast a vote with an SE account with <15 rep, I read: Thanks for the feedback! You need at least 15 reputation to cast a vote, but your feedback has been recorded. What does &...
Franck Dernoncourt's user avatar
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0 answers
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How do I add education and company logo to my profile? [closed]

I am a very new user (< 1 hour). As I was filling out information on this site, I believe that I saw a section in profile about education and a place to insert a 60x60 pixel company logo in the ...
Bruce in Carrollton's user avatar
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Guidance for new users who are responding to comments [duplicate]

There is a pattern that I frequently see with new users: the user posts a question, someone leaves a comment requesting clarification, and the user posts the clarification in a comment. I anticipate ...
D.W.'s user avatar
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When does the community user review first posts? [duplicate]

I was going through some posts in Ask Ubuntu and found a post which was reviewed by the community user. https://askubuntu.com/review/first-posts/1121292 Does the community user review first posts once ...
Random Person's user avatar
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1 answer
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New Users and New Coders [duplicate]

Is there a specific area for new users that are new to coding where they can go and ask questions without being blocked for asking a question they may not have the answer to or isn't sure how to ...
user avatar
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Could we have guidance on the closure question update notifications?

I recently had a question closed, then reopened and I was pleasantly surprised that I was given a notification of its closure and reopening. As an experienced user, particularly on meta, I probably ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
37 votes
10 answers
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Introducing new user onboarding project

Following the Public Platform Q2 2021 roadmap, the team is kicking off the new user onboarding project and announcing our plans for the product-discovery phase. New user onboarding – Purpose We see ...
Lisa Park's user avatar
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15 votes
1 answer
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What are the ways I can report questions that cover topics that potentially violate the CoC?

There was a recent question by a new user asking about various posts that they found offensive, or may be in contravention. In the topics some of our sites discuss, there may be material that some may ...
Journeyman Geek's user avatar
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1 answer
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Perception of toxicity in newcomers. What can we do about it? [duplicate]

My problem, resumed, is that since I started being actve on Stack Exchange some days ago, I've got already three members behaving rather nastily to me. Probably acting as they thought was totally in ...
Pablo GM's user avatar
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0 answers
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Could the search link in the modal window be customizable?

As announced in March 2020, there is now a modal window which is displayed for the first-time askers. Some parts are customizable per-site: The "welcome modal" for new askers (seen with the ...
Martin's user avatar
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10 votes
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Is the algorithm which reviews questions when one clicks "review your question" customizable on a per-site basis?

Since at least a few years ago (I cannot locate the announcement of this feature's introduction) most SE sites require at least two clicks to post a question -- first, one clicks the "Review your ...
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