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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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quirk with down-vote user with 1 rep [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn’t there If you down-vote an answer to a user with only 1 rep, then remove the down-vote their new rep is 3.
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Make code markup button more obvious [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: More obvious formatting help for new users Almost all of my edits to questions on SO consist of selecting the code and hitting the code formatting button. It seems clear to me ...
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Why am I not Joel Spolsky? (or, treating newbie questions on SO that don't come from Joel)

OK, so I saw this discussion about developer laziness and decided to try and follow Mike Houston's suggestion from the comment of posting "How do I implement bubble sort?..." question. Now, I was ...
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List of people who have done one thing and gotten nice rep for it

I was playing with StackQL and asked myself. Are there people who have as much rep as their highest voted question/answer (as in, they've only gotten rep from that one question/answer). The query isn'...
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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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More obvious formatting help for new users

I often see new users that are unaware of the formatting capabilities of the WMD editor, prominently the "format as code" function. Some of them don't format their code at all (especially XML and ...
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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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How to help hapless newbies become better SO users

One of the things that really bothers me lately about SO is the preponderance of crappy questions. People, especially new users, consistently fail to: Provide enough information to figure what they'...
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First impressions from a new user

I've been using Stack Overflow for a couple of weeks, and it is an amazing resource and community. A couple of things have been bugging me, however, and I wanted to share them from the perspective of ...
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Definition of a beginner-question (Spolsky-question)?

A beginner question with an obvious answer that newbie could be stuck with for hours and still blush when the answer is presented. There are couple of good reasons for does kind of questions: Help ...
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How to stop the question-as-an-answer problem?

I don't know about the other sites, but SO sees a good number of occasions when new users (invariably rep 1 etc) post questions as answers. Sometimes the question is completely unrelated to the topic; ...
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Where can I find a list of StackOverflow MUST READ beginner related advice questions?

Where can I find a list of StackOverflow must read beginner related advice questions? EDIT:What kind of advice(not books) from experienced programmers i should keep in mind before thinking of ...
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Going easy on new users [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Could we please be a bit nicer to the noobs? Should we go a bit easy on new users to SOFU? Regularly I've come across an answer posted by someone with only 1 rep, and it ...
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Reputation count

I just made my first post and it got down voted. reputation = -2 Then I selected a best answer, earned +2 rep for it. reputation = 3 but technically it should be 0 (or 1 if they don't like zeroes) ...
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Deleting/Merging questions without giving feedback

I'm new on SU but have been on SO for a while. Asked my first question (admittedly a broad one) which I assume got deleted by a mod. This in itself doesn't bother me in the slightest. The fact that ...
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Is there some way to better explain the operation of *overflow to new users?

I have noticed that as more new users are finding and using StackOverflow, there are more questions which do not get flagged as being answered, even though there are sometimes multiple working answers....
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How can new users get old unresolved questions answered?

There are some old questions that are still basically unsolved where new users come along in search for a solution and start posting answers with additional problem descriptions. The users are new and ...
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How to insert < > in code?

When I am posting code using pre-code html tags, everything inside < > are lost, how to use html formatting correctly, so that I can see it ? eg. if I have #include header.h, how can I use < > ...
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Is it bad form to prompt new questioners to formally accept your answer?

Every so often I see questions with good or even clearly correct answers that go unaccepted because the questioner is a new user who hasn't quite grokked the mechanics of the site. They'll leave a ...
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How do YOU use Stack Overflow? [closed]

I've found it more difficult than I expected to get drawn into Stack Overflow. It works great for when I have a question - I can almost always find the answer or ask new questions and quickly get an ...
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Removing a downvote adds reputation that wasn't there

This question was downvoted, and the downvote removed, and the user now has 3 rep, even though there are no reputation generating events on the user's page.
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Limit tag selection based on minimum rep?

About 90% of the edits I do on SO are re-tagging poorly tagged questions, and the vast majority are from people posting their first question. It's common for them to take the nouns from their summary ...
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Correct action for non-answers by new users

Often new users post one-liners with unrelated questions/comments as answers to existing questions where I'd like to vote "close as not a real answer". They come in several flavors: Things that ...
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Wondering: Are Some New Users Having Trouble Locating Their Questions after we Edit the Titles?

This just struck me as I was about to edit the title of a question from a new user: I would have no trouble finding this again - I know to go to my profile and look at my list of questions, then click ...
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Markdown syntax for pseudo-tags in question/answer text?

I like how tags are cleverly displayed in gray boxes in this question, among others: https://meta.stackexchange.com/questions/6119/retag-request-opensource-open-source What's the markdown syntax for ...
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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 ...
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Why is the “First time here?” banner on the Login Page?

I don't know if there's a valid reason for it, but something which's been bugging me lately is the fact that the "First Time Here? Check the FAQ!" bar appears at the top of the login page. Can we get ...
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What are the limits and restrictions for new users?

In the FAQ, it is not clear that there is a rep limit before a new user can post URLs. This may lead some people to believe that a newcomer without rep is forgetting linking URLs, may result in ...
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Is there a limit on how many questions I can ask? [duplicate]

Is there a limit on how many questions I can ask per day? Per hour? Per other time unit? Related Questions: Limitation on submitting a question, is it an explicit request to create a new account? ...
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The problem with noobs and reputation points [closed]

IMHO, I think there is a flaw in the reputation system. Say there is a user who is not the most technical and are on the site mostly to learn, but is highly enthusiastic about the community. It ...
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Does the rep bonus show up in recent activity?

Will the account association reputation bonus show up in my recent activity section as a distinct item? I cannot check my accounts for the answer because I have not received any rep bonuses on any ...
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Should easy questions be left for beginners? That is, beginners like answering questions too?

It may already have been established (and I agree) that easy questions are welcome and valid ( Closing 'easy' questions - yes or no? ) but... Is there an argument for encouraging beginners to ...
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Downvoting of new user questions

I have noticed a trend on Stack Overflow where the first question posted by newer users (typically having <100 reputation) tends to get downvoted, mainly because said users don't know how to ask ...
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Encouraging people to improve questions (and be welcoming); and BADGE idea

A question yesterday by a new user was shot to absolute pieces. I reviewed it this morning as it had some "flags" against it... I was actually embarrassed at how the community treated this question (...
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Shouldn't a reputation points-less newbie at least be able to upvote a good answer to his/her own questions?

I'm new to Stack Overflow and haven't any reputation points. I just got my first question answered, and I tried to upvote the answer, but I get a popup that says I don't have enough reputation ...
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When is a user no longer considered a new user?

I tried asking two questions on MSO within 10 minutes of each other, and was blocked from posting the 2nd one until 20 minutes pass. What are the criteria for no longer being a new user? Should users ...
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New user comment clarification

I know new users (<50 rep) can comment on their own questions/answers. Can they also comment on others' answers to their questions? If not, that should be allowed as well.
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What's the single biggest barrier to entry on Stack Overflow?

Looking at the discussion here so far, a lot of it has understandably been focused on regular users; not necessarily high rep users, but people who have essentially "committed" to the site in some way,...
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Should I be discouraged by Stack Overflow?

Let me start off by a little background. I am currently a 3rd year pursuing a BS in Computer Science at a small Christian school in San Diego. I have take a good chunk of the courses offered to me, ...
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How should I deal with questions from people who don't know enough to ask?

I've been hanging around C/C++ questions mostly, and I am seeing some questions where the only useful answer is "go take computer science 101" or "go read K&R, and don't come back till you ...
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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 ...