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Questions tagged [new-users]

New users are those users who may be new to the Stack Exchange Q&A format, and generally have a low reputation score, which starts from 1 at the time of registration.

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Stack Overflow increasingly unfriendly to newbies [on hold]

As a newbie to posting on Stack Overflow I wanted to give feedback as there are a couple of elements which I have felt are a little unfriendly. I created an account here several years ago but haven'...
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Help new users with *effectively placed* guidance

(I wrote this and was pointed here to Meta.) At Network Engineering we get very many questions which are off-topic, typically for being homework, repeats, or not fulfilling the non-obvious but quite ...
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Is there a habit to downvote new users by default? [closed]

Continuing a rather dated Downvoting of new user questions, I wonder whether meta SE has a habit to downvote new users. Every single question of mine got downvoted, sometimes with a reason, sometimes ...
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Show network reputation next to site reputation

I have been around Stack Exchange for a while now and have a decent amount of reputation on some network sites (not crazy much but still a bit). But whenever I sign up for a new network site and thus ...
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Some guidance tips as a brand new user to Stack Exchange [duplicate]

I'm a brand new user to Stack Exchange and I was wondering if I could get some guidance on how this site works and how to ask questions. I have been told by my friends I need to be clear and ...
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How to handle a off topic or closed question? [duplicate]

How could one handle any closed or off topic questions? I have googled many times, browsed through the FAQs. But seriously I couldn't understand how to get my doubts clarified here, I mean how to ...
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The tour is even less prominent than before

What happened The last time I checked (which was quite some time ago), new users encountered a blurb like this on the front page: Nowadays, this blurb still exists on individual questions, but the ...
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Someone else already reviewed a post, so my action is no longer required; should I review as “No Action Needed”?

I see first-answer reviews where the answer is inappropriate, but someone else has already responded to it, welcoming the user and indicating what is wrong with the response. There is obviously no ...
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Checkboxes for questions from new users

There is the FAQ, but I don't think many new users visit it. As a result, we again and again see the same comments, which ask to show attempts, post compilable code, etc. Suggestion. For users who ...
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How can we communicate to users who try and get their question reopened that the community disagrees with the reopening?

Many times, a question gets closed, and then the author edits it in an attempt to get it reopened. However, in many of these cases, the close reason still ends up applying, and so users in the reopen ...
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How is a new beginner meant to grow on one of the Stack Exchange communities [duplicate]

I am new to Stack Exchange and I think it's very impressive. One thing bothers me is that because it is so far down the line, I don't think beginners stand a chance of growing. As time goes on, ...
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Why doesn't meta have First Posts review anymore?

While looking at the timeline for an old question here on meta, I found that it was reviewed in First Posts (yes, it does exist). There have been 21 reviews in total, the last of which was done in ...
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Protection banner missing when I don't have enough rep to answer; closed and locked banners appear in wrong spot

For some reasons (HNQ) I stumbled upon this question. I scrolled down, read through the answers and then I saw that there was no answer field: This was strange, because the question seemed not to be ...
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Move the question/answer ban meta to per-site help

This relates to People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety and the issue it's dealing with: people ask off-topic questions on here all the time. I think it's ...
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Allow users with less than 50 rep to comment if they've already commented

The title of my question could look weird at the first sight, but I will explain it to you. Recently, I’ve seen a user that posted an answer to an old question, but their answer was actually a ...
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Has a spammer ever actually repented and reformed?

In this answer on the merits of the -100 reputation penalty for spamming, Journeyman Geek ♦ comments, Its worth remembering there's two (and half) types of spammers. There's the big commercial ...
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Say to the new contributor that upvoting comments does (almost) nothing for comment poster

I've seen several times before (and me self did the same when I was new to SE) that new contributors being original posters upvote many of the comments published on the question page, just because ...
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Is downvoting a well-written question by a beginner OK? [closed]

Recently, I've noticed that a lot of C++ questions get downvoted within minutes of them being asked. It must be the season of exams as we do see a lot of basic questions being passed by. To me, that ...
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Question protection should block low-rep users with existing answers on the thread

On Physics SE, I just came across a surprising case which looked like a user with 1 rep posting an answer a year after the question was protected. Upon some investigation, I found that they'd posted ...
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Wait for user to update question before voting [duplicate]

I was reviewing questions with close votes in StackOverflow and for some of the questions, the question was voted to be closed because the user had not updated the question with enough details on the ...
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New User badge on child metas [duplicate]

The new user badge is showing up on meta for users who really aren't new. In this case it was really obvious - turns out they've been on Stack Overflow for 5+ years, but maybe this is their first meta ...
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Search box on advice page missing on mobile web

It’s pretty simple: compare this page using desktop view with the screenshots below of the mobile version: What Shog calls the “most important part” of the page is missing: the search bar. Also, ...
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Broken links (to meta instead of main) on meta Ask page for users under 5 reputation

Users with less than 5 reputation can only make posts on a site's meta if it's about one of their posts on that site. The Ask page displays a list of the user's most recent posts, so they can find the ...
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Auto-comment on new users first(?) post to recommend tour, help, and on-topic pages

So I've found that among the many stack exchanges I frequent, there are many new users (yay!). When I was first on the Stack Exchange site, I was greatly helped by a user (@ColleenV, if memory serves ...
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Am I trusted or not? [duplicate]

A few minutes ago I registered on Meta. I received 100 rep points because you trust me on other sites. You've earned a bonus of 100 reputation because we trust you on other sites in the network I ...
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Change the title of “Hot Network Questions” to make it clear that it's referring to the overall Stack Exchange network

This was a point raised in a micro-study performed by ArtOfCode, but is even more relevant now because of the recent removal of an entire site from Hot Network Questions for...known reasons. To quote ...
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Still showing up as “new contributor” more than 3 weeks after joining [duplicate]

I've been here on meta SE for almost a month now, but on all my posts I still show up as a "new contributor". I've seen plenty of people who have been a member for barely over a week, but they don't ...
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Is SE now, unintentionally, functionally closed to inexperienced users? [duplicate]

Based on the answers to the question posed here, it was stated that the goal of SE is not to aid the individual, but create a solid knowledge base of useful problems and solutions for posterity. ...
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Learning to write code for Stack Exchange maths questions? [duplicate]

I am new to Stack Exchange and I wish to know the methods, people use in this community. For example, I saw many maths questions written in codes. Where can I learn to write those codes?
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Hide comments (if there are any) in the example posts selected for the Tour page

To start with, comments are considered unimportant for tour examples as demonstrated eg by screen shots from here - if the question or answer have no comments, these posts are used in tour anyway (and ...
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Remove comment and edit karma walls for an individuals own question [closed]

I asked an anonymous question under a fake account recently (it contained semi-identifiable life-situations so I didn't also want to put my name on it as well) I realized in doing this -- new users ...
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Earning basic privileges based on time spent on site or other new criteria

I will start by saying that after reading this meta post about a declined feature request to allow moderators to grant commenting privileges, I am skeptical that my suggestions/thoughts will get ...
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Can we have more explanatory auto-comments when voting to close from review?

Right now, the delete-reasons and accompanying auto-comments on the VLQ-queue are as follows. No comment needed This is commentary on another post, not an answer "This does not provide an ...
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How do I make a(n ascii) table to support my Excel question on superuser? [duplicate]

I'd like to ask a question regarding Excel on the Stack Exchange Superuser site, and I have a sample set of data to help illustrate my request for help with a formula. It doesn't seem that HTML tables ...
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How to advise a new user whose post “cannot be submitted at this time due to the volume of spam and abuse originating from your network.”

This comment indicates that a new user is having difficulty posting. Apparently they've received the message: Your post cannot be submitted at this time due to the volume of spam and abuse ...
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Indicate if a new contributor is new to Stack Exchange, or new to the current Stack

I just came across a question by a new contributor to a Stack (in this case, SF & Fantasy), as indicated by the new contributor indicator. Since it was an ID request, I launched into a comment ...
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Can we find a way to link new users to /help/someone-answers when they receive an answer for the first time?

When a new user gets an answer, often they don't know what to do with it. They post "thanks" comments, get into discussions, and don't accept / upvote. This is why users will sometimes avoid answering ...
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Are the current post notices friendly enough for new contributors?

From this answer on English Language Learners: I have a feeling that even post notices must include salutations like "Welcome!", "Hello!", "Thanks!". I also think for each site the notices must be ...
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Could we revisit the stance on fluff greetings and our no-nonsense approach?

We are currently working on our "new users experience". As a part of that, we have stated that we want to be more welcoming to new users and try to guide them during their first steps on the site. ...
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Would an increase in the positive motivation to take care of newbies be useful?

The new CoC operates mainly with negative motivation, i.e. the unfriendly welcome, particularly to newbies, is forbidden. Violating it results in punishment. Maybe the system could have a positive ...
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Are we creating divisions in our quest to make new users welcome?

One of the more frequent accusations that get leveled against long-time users of various sites is that we treat new user questions differently. That we downvote and close vote them maliciously, to "...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

This feature is now live across the network. We've been doing quite a bit of research into ways that we could help new users have better experiences that ultimately lead them to becoming increasingly ...
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What happens to my votes I cast when I was <15? [duplicate]

I joined SE network sites. As I am new, I have low reputation. As a part of contribution, I cast votes. But when I cast votes, I see the following message. Today, I gained 15 reputation on money....
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How should we steer lost users?

Here is a thing I see fairly often here on Meta.SE: The question isn't remotely on-topic and was rightly, and quickly, put on hold. Somebody left a comment (not shown) pointing out what Meta.SE is ...
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Can there be a feature that redirects an off-topic question to the appropriate Stack Exchange site? [duplicate]

Background I was on Stack Exchange today, asking a regular ol' question, the gist of which was: What library do you use to make GUI-based apps in Java? I asked it based on how apps that have used ...
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Can we get a comparison of new user comments?

So. We just got another welcoming blog post. Leaving aside analysis of it, I think it's missing a critical piece of information. We've got a tiny subset of comments that were used to compile this ...
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How many of you agree that at SE, “We don't help people. We help the Internet by creating useful information.” [closed]

Much to my dismay, I read this comment on Meta: "We don't help people. We help the Internet by creating useful information." I need to know what portion of SE users feel this way. Then I must ...
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Why do we allow new users to comment on their own questions/answers?

With the ongoing discussions about commenting standards, and about being welcoming in general, a point I've seen raised a couple of times is the hostility and defensiveness that we sometimes see from ...
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Ping Notification for a user with less than 20 reputation?

Should we allow ping to a user who can't talk in chat? Recently I visited a meta.SE chatroom. Even though I don't have enough rep to talk, I could still get pinged and notified. Since a user with less ...
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How might we solve the 50 reputation comment limit?

The problem of sub 50 rep users being unable to comment is well documented Many sub 50 rep users have complained about the problem of not being able to comment under the limit. I am one of them. A ...