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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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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 ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 [duplicate]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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By default, place questions asked by new users 'on hold' and visualize them as 'drafts'

As a moderator at Psychology & Neuroscience for over 6 years (a site with particularly stringent requirements on 'how to ask'), I have formed a pretty good impression of the 'typical lifetime' of ...
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The pop-up advice that appears when you are answering, should correspond to actual community expectations

I've seen multiple cases like Find the concentration of proton after adding a acid to NaOH where a user A posts a question, user B posts what they believe is a helpful and correct answer, and user B ...
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Replace blocking new users from commenting with annoying new users who comment

Okay, I know you've already downvoted this. I did too. That's fine. Please just read a bit more before you close this tab. tl;dr: Instead of requiring 50 rep to add a comment, throw up a modal (with ...
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Can we tinker with the “beginner question” multi-field format for other sites too?

Per today's blog post, it seems Stack Overflow will in the future1: test a new “beginner” ask page that breaks the question box into multiple fields – one for each of the key things answerers need ...
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Can we implement temporary automatic comment ban on 'x' number of validated rude comment flags?

There's been problems with abusive comments since the site started. What's with all the rude comments recently? We still haven't managed to conquer the issue. Negative comments drive new users ...
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People get lost and crash into meta - maybe we need roadblocks for their safety

I used to think that Sonic the Anonymous Hedgehog's idea of a survey was a terrible idea - it didn't actually fix anything, and I suspect most folks asking off-topic questions here are drivebys. On ...
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Method to reduce added information in a question being written in comments

The problem On EE.SE, but probably most SE sites, we have a common problem: A (usually new) user asks an ambiguous question. Other users ask for more information in comments to the question. The ...
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Bonus Reputations for starters, new users

Starters on Stack Overflow tend to lose interest as soon as their first question starts getting downvotes. Their first question also sometimes gets closed because it was either not framed properly or ...
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Remove the 2 link limit for new users everywhere

Several years ago we managed to convince the SE team to remove the 2 link limit for new users on Skeptics. This limit was particularly frustrating on this site, as any answer without links was likely ...
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Prevent answer ban from kicking in for a single honest mistake for a new user

I ran in to a very unfortunate issue recently on Video Production. We had a new user who asked a question regarding a problem they were facing. A high-reputation user asked for a full log in a comment....
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Please add a block for new users when they try to post multiple answers to the same question

About an hour ago a new user on Aviation.SE posted 5 "answers" to the same question in less than 15 minutes. Only the first was an actual answer, the second was an addition and the remaining were ...
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Where does one go if a question is not good enough for Stack Overflow? Stack Site for New Users? [closed]

I have noticed that many questions get down voted or closed so often it's very intimidating for new users. I understand that Stack Overflow is for high quality questions that are helpful to everyone ...
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More emphasis on scope for new users

I've noticed that many new users post questions that fall out of the scope of a particular site and get closed. Often these are very common (such as idea generation on Worldbuilding SE or homework ...
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More helpful “you can't vote” messages for users with low rep?

Problem When a new user clicks on an upvote button on a post they see... ...but on a downvote button... This is unclear. First they are being told they need 15 rep, but then they are being told it ...
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Could you please have a notice or other encouragement for new users to take the tour first?

As a new user, enjoying your site, really knowledgeable crowd out here, but I have come to some grief — downvotes, closed question etc. It would have helped — please consider a strong ...
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Warn new mobile users not to ask questions as answers

When a new user tries to post an answer, they are warned not to ask questions as answers. The text of the warning is pretty good (although I think it could use some ALL-CAPS BOLD instead of subtle ...
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Area for reviewing and refining questions (Question Content Sandbox)

After some of my questions were voted down, I really think we could all benefit by a 'test area' for questions (not just the formatting). In the suggested area, the user asks a question, those who ...
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Making Stack Exchange a more inviting place for new users

Stack Exchange is a wonderful and invaluable community... once you're part of it. New users who aren't familiar with how SE works may have a different impression of our community though. For instance, ...
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Better MathJax reference on SE sites [duplicate]

When asking questions on Math.SE, the "MathJax help »" link on the sidebar points to MathJax basic tutorial and quick reference, which in my opinion is very friendly to users who have never heard ...
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Add help center guidance about saying thanks [duplicate]

Suggestion: In help/behavior, add guidance about not writing "Thanks", etc. Include a brief rationale, and mention that accepting an answer and upvoting are the preferred means of saying thanks. ...