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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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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 makes a meta question about their own post specifically, they are prompted to enter a link to their post, and then they are given access to the per-site meta's question ...
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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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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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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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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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People using their job title as the question title

I've noticed a few instances recently where new users misinterpret the Title box of the Ask Question form as asking for their job title. This results in questions with peculiar-looking titles like I ...
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Does the new user rate limit apply even when you are a new user on only one site?

I am registered on about 80 SE sites, am an "avid user"(>200 rep) on about 30, and a modest user (103-199 rep) on about 20 more. Once when I tried to ask a question on Open Data (my "new user" site), ...
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Usability issues for first-time Stack Exchange users - a micro-study

I come from lands afar, also known as Hardware Recommendations Stack Exchange. Over there, we have a serious problem with first-time Stack Exchange users coming along and asking off-topic questions - ...
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Pre-fill question-box with text for new users (A/B study proposal)

Problem statement Many new users are unaware of how to formulate a good question, particularly for the technical sites like Stack Overflow, Super User (OK, all of SE). This leads to many new ...
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A way for “new users” to ask about their post specifically

We currently require that new users have 5+ reputation to participate in meta support discussions (bugs, feedback, governance, etc). This is primarily because the use case for meta is not ...
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Give more specific guidance on question ban questions

For the past few years, since they started the question ban, we've been getting lots of questions from users (usually new) asking why they can't ask questions, and what the error dialog means. ...
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New users should be redirected to the proper site instead of being downvoted

New users (like me) use to post questions on any Stack Exchange site, and sometimes they are closed as off-topic and get lots of down votes which is quite demotivating for those users, causing them to ...
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“No question is too trivial or too ”newbie". Is that a diffused opinion or a principle?

I read some people on stack exchange quoting from the FAQ No question is too trivial or too "newbie" However, that very clear statement is now gone (or I cannot find it anymore). Is that just a ...
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Can we create a “template question” [duplicate]

Copied from http://meta.askubuntu.com/questions/10382/can-we-create-a-template-question on Ask Ubuntu Meta, as I think this could be applied to all the sites. Some users (especially first time users) ...
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Should the interstitial how-to-ask page be updated to point to the new (editable) page in the Help Center?

When new users ask a question for the first time, they are presented with the following interstitial page, which contains a check box that (more or less) certifies that they have read and understand ...
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Help tooltips for new users asking their very first question

There are review tools for first posts but, I am talking about Ask Question screen tool-tips that will be shown when you are posting your very first question in a SX site... It may consist of 3 tool-...
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Is it annoying if people create new accounts for asking questions?

Lately I've noticed that many people are creating new SO accounts to ask questions. Maybe because they are afraid of getting downvoted for the question on their actual account, or maybe they don't ...
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Force new users to go through animated tutorial before they post for the first time [duplicate]

Do not allow people to post the minute they created an account. Let them ask the question but not allow them to post. Let them stew for 30 minutes and force them through a nice animated tutorial on ...
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What is the best way to ask “Experience Specific” questions over SE?

I regularly see guys pops up confused and frustrated with something that is purely based on someone's experience. for example, people usually ask "What is the best way to..." kind of questions. This ...
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New users should guess why they can't proceed to asking their first question… not the best experience

I just noticed that new users are redirected to "How to Ask" page when trying to visit https://stackoverflow.com/questions/ask. So far so good, it's important they will read and who knows, maybe even ...
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Why not show the FAQ on user sign up?

I have recently noticed in increase in "how do I make an app that does this", which invariably yields comments like "go read the FAQ!" I've been thinking about this issue, and think I have the ...
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Add message box that suggests resources to new users before they ask their question

I saw a discussion here awhile back about basic questions cluttering Stack Overflow. Over at the Graphic Design beta, one type of question that we get that are perceived as clutter is [font-...
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A way to make the FAQs more visible to new users?

We're getting more users on travel.SE these days, and as a mod, I find myself doing a lot of: "Welcome to Travel.SE. If you could perhaps take a look at our [faq], you'd see that...." or similar. ...
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Search boxes should be cross-site

Search boxes and similarly dependant items (like the "Questions that may already have your answer" div) should return answers from all sites. Rationale: Search box: If a casual user is searching for ...
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Add question help links in `How to ask` area in ask question page

On question asking page, we are giving OP suggestion of how to ask. And link of faq. We should also give links of in How to ask section- What kind of questions can I ask here? What kind of questions ...
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Provide new users with specific, context-sensitive guidance when writing questions

I spend more time on Stack Overflow than I should, and I really getting sick of one thing: Questions on certain tags, for programming languages which are familiar to many (like JavaScript or PHP), it ...
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Why can't my friend ask questions with a new account

One of my friends recently created a fresh account (she never used Stack Overflow before and it is me who recommended it to her). Account creation was successful. However, when she tried to ask a ...
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Getting “can only post questions every 20 minutes” but posted over 10 hours ago [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Getting “can only post questions every 20 minutes” but did not post recently I did not post a question for more than 10 hours, but still I get following error: ...
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Quarantine questions from known poor quality users

I submit this for discussion. It is unfair that well behaved users with real question are being outnumbered by "he's my code, fix it" questions. I suggest a quarantine period for know bad users, ...
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Is it recommended for a new user (<200, say) to stick to asking questions and not giving as many answers?

Until s/he is reputable enough to be taken more seriously? I have answered five questions on all of SE (and this is my twentieth question). None of my answers were accepted, even though two were the ...
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Stack Overflow is not accepting my questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What can I do when getting “Sorry, we are no longer accepting questions from this account”? I don't know why some of my questions are voted negatively. 15 days ...
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SO should give basic, specific advice on asking good questions [closed]

https://stackoverflow.com/questions/how-to-ask exists, but it doesn't contain much in the way of specific advice, and many users don't seem to notice it. The concrete consequence of this is that ...
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How to ask questions on Stack Overflow [closed]

In reply to the question "help pls fast need help with C++ Code [closed]", I answered in a comment, while the question was being closed: See How To Ask Questions The Smart Way and/or Writing ...
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Question prompts for new users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Add requirements for a tag (maybe a template?) Would it be beneficial to include a predefined set of headers in the question text area that prompt new users (under 100 rep) of ...
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Getting “can only post questions every 20 minutes” but did not post recently

Trying to post a question (on StackOverflow), and get the message: Oops! Your question couldn't be submitted because: users with less than 125 reputation can only post questions every 20 ...
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Low-rep catch-22: Can't create new tags, must have a tag, can't spontaneously divine any existing tags that would be appropriate to the question

Workin' on a new stackexchange site (gamedev), and my rep is starting level (thus low). I was trying to post my question, but turns out I can't create any tags that I find appropriate to the question ...
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Inexperienced developers and their formulation of questions [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Can we get people to directly ask about their problems instead of topics they think might be related? What I see a lot of are questions from seemingly inexperienced developers ...
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Could more on-screen guidance for new questioners prevent crappy questions?

It seems that so many new questioners ask poorly worded questions, or tag their questions incorrectly or misleadingly. Since there is a sidebar describing how to format, how to ask, and how to tag, ...
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Unable to post question despite having no hyperlinks

I've removed all hyperlinks but SO will not let me post a question! It says: We're sorry, but as a spam prevention mechanism, new users can only post a maximum of one hyperlink. Earn 10 reputation ...
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Handling when a user asks the same question N times instead of editing

What should happen to the questions in a situation where a user creates an account, asks a question, and then re-asks the same basic question with input from the previous answers (often asking for ...
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Make it obvious that the question wasn't submitted if user cannot create a tag

I wrote out a long and detailed question for Super User and then lost it. I tagged it, but it turns out one of them was new. And being a new user, I wasn't allowed to add the new tag. Now the ...
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“Post your code” warning

I previously suggested the warning for users submitting a question with only one tag on it. Following up on that, I'd like to suggest another (relatively unobtrusive) warning to new users that ...