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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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Why are questions only about one site in the network considered off-topic here?

This site seems to have a rule that "questions that are only about one site should be asked on the site's own meta", and such questions are nearly always marked "off-topic" here. ...
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Stack Exchange is only helpful if you already know lots about the topic [duplicate]

You only build up a good score on Stack Exchange sites where you already know lots about the topic. On sites where you don't know much about the topic, you're liable to risk being banned for asking ...
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Are we scaring away new users? [duplicate]

This is most prevalant in SO but it happens everywhere Misguided new user posts HORRIBLE question It gets closed/deleted User never comes back to SO How do we let them know it's bad to post these ...
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Why does Stack Exchange (and Stack Overflow in particular) make it so hard for new contributors to participate? [duplicate]

I've been a lurker (or consumer) of Stack Overflow for as long as I can think back (it definitely feels longer than the 12 years the site exists). During that time, I've often felt the impulse to add ...
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Edit wars with new users

Note: I am not trying to Kumbaya a new user's way in; I want to see any suggestions as to how edits might end the edit war on the post, instead of a simple lock. Besides, my first question is about ...
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Signing up during answer post can cause (partial) loss of answer [duplicate]

I just typed out an answer to a site on the SE network I did not use before (linguistics). After completing, I clicked on 'sign in' > 'sign in with google' to leverage my network account that has ...
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Tour: Why centered text, and no nbsp?

Examples: https://meta.stackexchange.com/tour https://softwarerecs.stackexchange.com/tour div.col-full has text-align: center instead of text-align: left, making them harder to read From Wikipedia -...
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How was a newbie able to ask eight questions in six hours on a single site? [duplicate]

A new user managed to ask eight questions on History SE in the past six hours. I thought that there was a six question limit a day. That is per twenty four hour period. Or was it an instance where ...
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Allow low-reputation users to delete comments that were posted on their behalf

I flagged this question on Ask Ubuntu as a duplicate. A comment "Does this answer your question...." was auto-generated. For trying things out, I retracted my flag. Now, I can't delete that ...
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Do all Stack Exchange sites upvote a user's first question and/or answer?

I recently discovered that there are hundreds of Stack Exchange sites, and I joined the ones that I think I need. After posting my first question and/or answer in all sites, I realised that my post is ...
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Is there “four hours chat window” for low rep users? If yes, what are the rules?

In the list of feature changes from 2011 (current revision) I stumbled upon this: 2011-01-07: Chat "whitelists" no longer allow specified users to talk regardless of their rep. Users with ...
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Add a warning when seemingly low quality posts by a new contributor are upvoted

Observations We often notice that postings by new contributors receive upvotes after being downvoted before, despite these posts are very low quality completely unclear obvious duplicates (no ...
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If I review a post in the First Posts queue, is it also removed from the Late Answers queue for everyone else?

If a post appears in the First Posts queue and the Late Answers queue, and I review it in one of the queues, is it also removed from the other queue for everyone else? I know that I cannot review the ...
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Why this first post review for a post which was created two weeks ago?

Today, I got this post at the Mathematics Stack Exchange First Posts review queue. How is it possible that an answer posted 14 days ago by a user who has already posted 25 answers has been around for ...
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First Posts reviews not working/coming in anymore

I don't know if I've missed something but as of sometime yesterday First Posts seem not to be coming in anymore. I noticed this on SFF, my main site, for example, this story identification question. A ...
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Finding a possibly deleted user account profile page

Where is the "about" page for user8680478? If "my" URL is: https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/177328/thufir I tried: https://meta.stackexchange.com/users/8680478 but that just gives me a 404 ...
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What are the number of active participants joining Stack Overflow every day? [closed]

Inspired by a graph posted on blog: https://stackoverflow.blog/2020/05/07/the-way-forward/ CEO says: Along with the surge in traffic to our sites, we have also seen an encouraging lift in new ...
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Close reason banner not displayed to low-reputation post author [closed]

Over at Physics we have a new user whose first interaction with the site was to post an interesting but off-topic question. They were savvy enough to ask about it on Meta, but not to follow the ...
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Let it be more clear for new users that their questions can be edited anytime [duplicate]

After the comment I made on a question from a new user, their response was: thanks for the corrective feedback, as this is my first question ever on Stackoverflow. Didn't even know I could edit ...
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Warn new users that they cannot accept more than one answer

A typical error made by new users is trying to accept more than one answer to one of their questions. Therefore, I suggest that if a low reputation user (let us say, an user whose reputation is below ...
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If a ? is detected in an answer, could we post a warning?

We've hinted at similar checks in the past: Automatically warning when adding post containing greetings and signatures? Add question detection when posting an answer Detecting questions in answers ...
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What about the community is “toxic” to new users?

In Chapter #2 of The Loop, the following graph is being shown: The blog post states the following as explanation for what it defines as "unwelcoming": Unwelcoming community (10.6% of responses):...
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Please lower rep threshold to get automatic notifications about new user activity

At How do I keep track of activity by new users so I can encourage them?, I read that there's a New Posts by New Users link in the moderator tools that you get access to at 10k reputation on grown-up ...
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If we do something about the “sandmen” I might consider treating newbies with kid gloves

Background. SE has periodically pressed forward campaigns trying to make the site friendlier to new users. Summer of Love (several editions), Be-Nice-policy,... Apparently they have largely failed. At ...
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We Really Love Hats!

Winter Bash is approaching and the general sentiment is meh. I tend to agree, nobody is in mood for festive activities... besides that after having a few bashes, it gets less interesting. On the ...
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How does a new user participate on meta SE? [duplicate]

As a new user who joined after lurking for about a month, I'm finding it difficult to actually participate. Is there anything a new user can do here, or is it better to participate on other sites ...
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Is there any data on how many users' IP addresses never look at their questions again?

Looking at a few random questions on Parenting, I noticed that many one-question users are never seen later than a few minutes after their questions were posted (confusingly, due to how the "seen" ...
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UX issue when flagging first posts [duplicate]

Steps to replicate Go to review first posts. Flag the post. Now, retract the flag (Use case: because my initial flag was a mistake and I needa change the flag to a different one). I cannot Flag it ...
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Request: Link to reviewer guidelines from the review interface

Currently the review interface, at least for First Posts on Stack Overflow, looks like this: There are several lines of text describing the meaning of the various buttons, but almost no guidelines ...
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Let me add a welcome message to new posters, which is removed after a period of time

I love seeing new users ask great questions, and I try to be as friendly as possible to these newbies as I still feel like one of them! I'm aware that friendly welcome messages are "off topic" for ...
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Why is the site so set on putting down new users?

Disclaimer: If I mention any users in this post, I am not attacking them personally. I do not know them and think that they are good people. I am slightly new to this site, why is it that so many ...
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How was this new user able to post two questions less than 40 minutes apart?

New users who have less than 125 reputation are subject to a 40-minute time limit between asking questions, network-wide. Today, however, this 1-rep user was able to post two questions within 8 ...
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Ask question interstitial on Meta Stack Exchange links to incorrect website

If you go to the ask question interstitial page shown to new users on this site: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/ask/advice? And click on the hyperlink that the arrow points to, it will go ...
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Publish questions only after First Posts review

I have been reading Sara Chipp's recent blog post which explained how new users in Stack Overflow are afraid of being judged by multiple people. I think that multiple people telling you how your ...
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Has the idea of something like, “Before asking a question, you must read what's on-topic for this website.” been explored before?

The problem I see: A lot of communities on StackExchange have dealt with newbies that join their particular community and quickly ask questions that are considered off-topic. Heck, you can even see it ...
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Allow new users to accept answers from the Not Enough Rep dialog

New users can't vote on questions or answers. Even when they ask a question, they aren't able to vote on the answers to that question. If they click the up arrow, they get a dialog box telling them ...
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Disable Twitter/GitHub links for low-rep users

Currently, hyperlinks in "About me" and "Website link" in our user profile pages are disabled for low-rep users in order to prevent from malicious links. See this answer for details. Hyperlinks for ...
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How can I learn from a site as a beginner? [duplicate]

Suppose I have no technical knowledge on a topic, and there is a Stack Exchange site for that topic. I want to gain knowledge on that topic. I have been in some sites for quite a few months. I know ...
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Please re-consider enabling low-rep users to see individual up/down votes on their own posts

This post is a request to re-consider the question "Please enable low-rep users to easily breakout up and down votes on their own questions", which was declined in 2010. This is not a duplicate post. ...
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On some sites, make questions by new users start off as untagged

Proposal Allow sites to opt in to the following behaviour: When asking a question, do not show new users the tag field. Instead, let the question start as untagged (just as if the question was just ...
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Feature to detect if a question is about programming and thus off-topic

What if we had some sort of warning that users' questions seem off-topic, especially on MSE? It seems to me that a large majority of the blatantly off-topic questions here should be on Stack Overflow. ...
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Require having a few reputation on at least one other site before posting to MSE

We get quite a few questions every day from users who somehow get lost and ask questions that are completely off-topic here, mainly users who seem to think they are on Stack Overflow. I have been ...
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Make error message if a new user removes or misplaces the mandatory header text of meta questions about their own post more clear

Currently, when a new user with less than 5 reputation uses the feature to ask about their own post specifically, they are prompted to enter a link to their post, and then they are given access to the ...
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What to do when you put two days of formulating a question and it still gets downvoted? [duplicate]

I have spent hours reading, formulating practice questions, using grammar check, and studying research papers. I have taken a break from Stack Exchange for probably 4 days, hoping that this will ...
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Guide new users away from Meta [duplicate]

There are a lot of blatantly off-topic posts put here on Meta. These are apparently people who somehow got to this site without realizing their questions about things like programming aren't supposed ...
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Why are there no review tasks generated for a couple of my recent First Posts on a site?

Last Sunday, I've asked two questions, one on Home Improvement and one on Community Building. Yesterday, I've also answered a question on Role-Playing Games. As far as I know, those were my first ...
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Stack Overflow increasingly unfriendly to newbies [closed]

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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