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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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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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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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Does restricting the number of links for new users do any good?

New users with 1 rep face the following restrictions on all SE sites: What are the new user restrictions? New users cannot: post images post more than two hyperlinks at a time, ...
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New user restrictions should include blacklisted keywords and URLs

A significant portion of spam contains commonly spammed links and product names, such as: We*ght l*ss M*le enh*ncement B*y n*w Almost any post containing these is spam, especially from a 1 rep ...
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New users restrictions restrict embedding images but not embedding YouTube videos

Have a few representative freehanded circles that will no doubt explain the issue in fully without further need for words. 10k-on-Gaming-only link to the above. What? You're so completely ...
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Allow authors to self-answer their own protected questions even if they don't have enough reputation

I'm asking this question because of Can't answer protected question despite meeting reputation requirement: For the purposes of your reputation "on this site", Stack Exchange has ...
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Why can 1 rep users post so many answers so fast?

I just came across this answer (10k only) on Ask Ubuntu (image link). A new, one-rep user just posted thirteen "abusive" answers over fifteen minutes. Another case: a user managed to post a ...
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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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First posts escape review when new user self-deletes account

For example, see this post on Academia (deleted now.) It's clearly intended to be a comment, but was posted as an answer. The content of the post is: +1 to @ff524♦'s comment-I know that you have ...
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Inform new users if they can upvote an answer they accepted

I surprisingly often stumble upon answers which were accepted but clearly not upvoted by the asker. For example, the answer has not received any upvotes at all or the asker’s vote count is zero. While ...
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Rename "About" to "New User? Click Here" for anonymous or new users?

Can we change the About link on SE sites to "New User? Click here" (or just "New User?") for anonymous and "new" users? "New" users would probably be something like Recently created account ...
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Can low reputation users be rate limited on room creation on chat?

A user recently prompted me to join chat. When I inadvertently clicked his name in the chat window (I was aiming for the message arrow beside it) I suddenly realized that he had created a half dozen ...
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Error with explicit chat write access for new users

This is obviously a spam precaution but I think the wording might be misleading and considered for revising. Here is the issue: I was chatting with a user in comments when I get that familiar message ...
Matthew R.'s user avatar
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Why did this answer get three First Answer review queue items?

As can be seen in its timeline, a recent answer on Science Fiction & Fantasy ended up twice in the First Answers review queue: [1] and [2]. This normally only happens in case of review audits; as ...
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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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Add on-topic notice to the top part (logo row) for 1 rep users

Whenever I see the blatantly off-topic questions on the site, I'm curious why the asker did this. This is probably due to a hidden from the asker's eyes on-topic notice. What if we make the on-topic ...
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After I create an account on a site take me back to the page I was on rather than the main page

Background By far the number 1 reason I join a stack exchange site is because I've seen an existing question/answer that is excellent and I want to upvote it. When attempting to upvote it this brings ...
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First posts escape review when user deletes and undeletes post

Similar to First posts escape review when new user self-deletes account, it seems to be possible to avoid your first post from being reviewed simply by deleting it, waiting a few minutes (until the ...
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Suggested edits create loophole

A new user with less than 10 reputation points normally is not allowed to post two or more hyperlinks or images. The suggested edits feature allows them to bypass this restriction by suggesting an ...
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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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"New User Restrictions" documentation slightly wrong

Referring to this question, I'm concerned that the documentation of new user restrictions is not detailed enough/slightly wrong. According to the privilege docs: New users cannot post more than ...
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Hint the possibility to post image links instead of the actual image for low-rep users

I have recently come across a few question where an image would have been helpful to understand the question better - the user unfortunately did not have enough reputation to post images though and ...
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Mentoring system to guide new users on the ways Stack Exchange works

I don't mean mentoring someone to be a programmer or a cook or a parent. I mean mentoring them on SE itself and how the system works. Here's how I would expect it to work (no idea how to implement it):...
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More clearly discourage questions that only link to code

I don't know if it's just me, but I believe I'm seeing a rise in StackOverflow questions that contain no code in the javascript, jquery, and related tags and just a link to JSBin or JSFiddle. The ...
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Can we get a "welcome, check out our FAQ" notification for new users?

I've just created my first (?) sock puppet account on Programmers. This is the first notification I was greeted with: I think the first ever notification should point the new user to the FAQ, or, if ...
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Should we warn the OP on attempts to accept multiple answers?

It happened again the other day on SO. I answered a question and 2 other users also answered the question. Because of the order that currently on my screen, my answer was in the middle of the 3. ...
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What about a technical prevention of cross-posting?

Some pairs of Stack Exchange sites have a certain amount of cross-posting. This is for instance the case for Programmers.SE and Stack Overflow, new users having sometimes a difficulty to understand ...
Arseni Mourzenko's user avatar
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Troubleshooting master - good or bad?

All is good. There is a user who recently has joined Stack Overflow. He seems to be very keen on answering and very active on site. For about 50 days, he has gained over 4,5K of rep points from just ...
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How do the tag warnings work in the "Review your question" sidebar?

About a year ago, the new ask question page was rolled out. The meta post states that sites can customize the review pane in various ways. Some of those ways include warnings for the body of the post ...
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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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Is the FAQ accessible by a link on the sites (besides MSE)?

Is there a direct link to the FAQ anywhere consistent on all of the sites? Either the main MSE FAQ or the individual site FAQs (which generally link back to MSE's). Places I have looked (using SO and ...
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First Post Review Queue should have the bar raised for questions

I think that the first post review queue for answers is probably fine, and am only addressing questions. Many unfit questions make it past the first post review queue all the time. This can be ...
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Tip of the day for new users

You know how some applications show tips for new users in a popup dialog box on startup? Or at least, used to - it's not so popular any more. Stack Overflow should do that. Not necessarily in a popup ...
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Could some clarity regarding commenting be added to the main FAQ page?

On the main FAQ page for SO it gives a brief overview of what abilities you gain at different reputation points levels (with more detail given on the official Meta-based FAQ for SO). One detail that ...
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Is the algorithm which reviews questions when one clicks "review your question" customizable on a per-site basis?

Since at least a few years ago (I cannot locate the announcement of this feature's introduction) most SE sites require at least two clicks to post a question -- first, one clicks the "Review your ...
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First-Review Queue: Always Show Question

I have started looking at the "first answers" review queue, and I find that I almost always need to see the question (and, often, other answers) in order to gain context. Other than link-...
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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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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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semiautomated "being nice to newbies"

I've only been a member of stackoverflow for less than two months, and active answering questions for a little more than one. But I'm already getting quite tired of the flood of badly written, badly ...
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Add link to help center in the canned First question comments

When reviewing a user's first question, we can opt to leave a comment, and there is the option of picking 2 canned comments: Please clarify your specific problem or provide additional details to ...
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Could we have guidance on the closure question update notifications?

I recently had a question closed, then reopened and I was pleasantly surprised that I was given a notification of its closure and reopening. As an experienced user, particularly on meta, I probably ...
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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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Reputation graph suggests you've been a member for longer than you are

I joined a new site two days ago. When I look at the reputation graph on my profile, it looks like I've been a member for a couple of weeks already: Wouldn't it be better to limit the graph from the ...
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Is there a "top banner" also for new users or low-rep users?

When I view some site without being logged in (or in incognito mode), I see a banner near the top of the site with some basic information about the site. For example, on Meta Stack Exchange I get this ...
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Could the search link in the modal window be customizable?

As announced in March 2020, there is now a modal window which is displayed for the first-time askers. Some parts are customizable per-site: The "welcome modal" for new askers (seen with the ...
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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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Make an announcement type thing to notify new users with 0% acceptance rate

I've noticed quite a few people recently with a 0% acceptance rate. (and more than I'd seen in the past). I'm not sure what could be causing this, but I think one thing may help to steer these new ...
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(Should we) use the smaller SE sites as an introduction to the Stack Exchange model?

In a chat discussion about the quality problems of stackoverflow.com, Shog9 recently said this: the folks who you'd wish were terrified to ask are so unafraid that they'll cheerfully flood the site ...
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Why is downvoting labeled an "acceptable action" on audits that came from flagged posts?

At times I see an answer in Late Answers or First Posts that is blatantly not an answer, or sometimes needs a flag of some other sort, and also turns out to be an audit. But in such cases, downvoting ...
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Suggestion: Notification for accepting answer to your question

I think we have many new people asking their questions on one of the Stack Exchange sites. These new people are not completely aware of voting up and accepting answers. I think it would be great if ...
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