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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Points system favours helping beginners [duplicate]

I'm not really sure if there is a solution to this but it strikes me that 90% of the time you are going to get most of your points by answering questions from beginners. These tend to get mass ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Could you provide a tone of a community in addition to the description? Perhaps a link to a wiki page for each community?

Could you provide a tone of a community in addition to the description? Perhaps a link to a wiki page for each community? I've been reading StackExchange for a few years as I've googled technical ...
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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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There should be a way to manually invite users without enough rep to chat

I regularly see postings from new users that don't quite fit the criteria of the relevant site. In many cases, the posts are commented on and downvoted/closed, but the user simply never comes back to ...
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Could we please be a bit nicer to new users?

There is a distinct decline in the level of civility on all the sites here. Some of this is due to new users coming in and posting spam and other nonsense, but the off-topic and downvote buttons are ...
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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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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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How do new users on beta sites ask what's relevant when the meta has a reputation limit?

I want to ask a question on a beta site (stats), but I don't know if it's relevant. Attempting to ask on the stats meta site returns this: You must have at least 5 reputation on Statistical ...
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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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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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“Freeze” askers' edit/update privileges for a short period after asking a question on Meta

We had already discussed at length ideas about hiding downvotes/upvotes etc. and I realize why a lot of the previous suggestions to hide/modify the downvote view was faulty. But another idea sort of ...
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How to handle a professional argument at Stack Exchange sites

I am an oldtimer on Stack Overflow, but I only recently became involved. In that respect I am more of a newbie than a veteran. Which leads me to my question: How should a professional ...
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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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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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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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As a new user I want a user-interface key to quickly understand what all of the different colors and symbols mean

Please add a graphical key to the FAQs of all the sites that explains the meaning of colors and symbols found on the site, including the question lists / search results and the question and answer ...
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New users don't value reputation

For a long while the issue of addressing how to prevent off topic or low quality questions has been looked at from multiple angles. I have tried many times to take part in these conversations. At ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Please enable low-rep users to easily breakout up and down votes on their own questions

I know once you get a certain amount of reputation, you can see the total up and down votes for questions. Well, my proposal is to always be able to see this on your own questions and answers. You can ...
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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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Remove the faq popup

While the FAQ popup bar might be helpful to new users, it quickly gets annoying having to close it when browsing yet another SE site. Would it be possible to either not show it, or, only show it once ...
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What is the preferred approach regarding “I'm new to …” [duplicate]

There are many questions opening with I am new to this and that. It seems very meta and irrelevant. It's not like I'll you will act differently to a noob question according to the faq: Etiquette ...
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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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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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Propose Newbie-Overflow site or section [closed]

Because the perl section is looking like that right now. I believe that Stack Overflow is going out of it's charter in becoming a newbie FAQ when as far as the original reasoning it was meant to be ...
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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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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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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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Where IS the Stack Overflow FAQ?

Apologies if is this is obvious (or if this is the wrong place to ask), but: How do I navigate Stack Overflow? Where is the Stack Overflow FAQ, or introduction for beginners/newbies? I can ...
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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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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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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 ...