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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Where do people's reputation bonuses come from? What impact do these reputation bonuses have on site development?

When a user joins a new Stack Exchange site, if they have 200 or more reputation on at least one other site, they get +100 reputation on the new site. This allows them to avoid some of the ...
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Is it right to recommend a book in an answer?

I have recently written an answer to a question on one of Stack Exchange's sites. In my answer I included a link to a chapter of a book to add more information about the point I was discussing. ...
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When reviewing first posts, should I upvote questions just because they are on-topic and well-formatted?

The first post review queue seems to encourage taking actions, even as simple as a vote. So I came up with this question: Should I upvote a question solely because it's on-topic and well-formatted (...
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Can I get commenting permission? [duplicate]

I know I don't have much rep on Super User, but I have on Ask Ubuntu. I found a post, Windows 10 Audio Headset Detection Issues. And I have some potential solutions for it. Can I get permission ...
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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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Can't see how you've voted until you have enough reputation [duplicate]

I joined a couple of new Stack Exchange sites recently, and noticed the message that appears when voting: Thanks for the feedback! Votes cast by those with less than [15/125] reputation are ...
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User profiles get replicated on Stack Overflow

I was looking at Stack Overflow users under users -> new users One user profile is being replicated named Shubham Verma. It is guaranteed not two different users with exact same name and profile ...
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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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Cannot post images [duplicate]

I was trying to post photos (diagram) to clarify the ideas, but I coudn't do that because of the following: We're sorry, but as a spam prevention mechanism, new users aren't allowed to post images. ...
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Low tolerance to newbies? [duplicate]

I understand this has been asked before, as per search, but none of the other questions tried to engage [in my opinion] and provide an actual solution. The Problem: Lately, I've been feeling ...
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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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Answer from a user with 9 on-site reputation but protect option is not available (in sufficiently old question)

For 15K users protect option is supposed to work as described here: the question must have at least one answer by a new user aka a user with < 10 rep on the site (which is the required rep limit ...
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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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How to deal with newbies on Stack Exchange websites

Is this the good behaviour ? I don't care if the post comes from a newbie or grizzled veteran - if it is a good post I will upvote it, if it is a bad post, I will vote it down. Why not act to ...
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Can we find a way make sure that new users acknowledge the on-topic page before being able to post?

Similar question / suggestion to Discovering on-topic rules of a new SE site, but a bit more specific. Over on Music.SE, when a new user asks a question, there is a 'How to Ask' sidebar that says ...
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Users with <15 rep cannot see moderator responses to their flags

Users with <15 rep can flag their own posts, but when these flags are handled by moderators, it seems that they do not have access through the GUI to the moderator's response. That is, instead of ...
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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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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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Being new, how can I make sure my answers are given due attention?

What if even after posting the right solution/answer, I do not get an up vote? Please let me know if there is anything I can do.
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Should I use the “Question posted as answer” comment when the question would be likely to be closed?

Often, new users think SE is a forum and consequently post questions using the answer field (also, probably, because they can't comment.) These "answers" are quite a common sight in the Low Quality ...
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Is the spam filter for new users preventing people from showing their “homework”?

I recently posted a detailed question on superuser about an issue I was trying to help someone with. However, before posting it, while I was helping the person, I attempted to help her to ask the ...
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What can I do when seeing an obviously wrong answer, but can't comment or flag?

I spend some time on Stack Exchange communities, and have been a user for 5 months. I've joined a new subcommunity, so my reputation is low (actually it's just 1) and read some question and answers. ...
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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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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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When a newbie posts multiple answers thinking it's a forum

We all know that Stack Exchange is not a forum. Well that dealt with Stack Overflow specifically, but it applies to the whole network. Sometimes, new users will post multiple answers thinking that ...
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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. ...
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Simple newbie help page about avoiding “Thanks”

There are several meta questions that discuss whether questions should include fluff such as salutations and thank yous, but these tend to be long pages, many of which include related topics, such as ...
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Dealing with questions from beginners [closed]

Recently after adding the documentation section on Stack Overflow there seems to understandably be large amounts of questions from what we must assume are beginners to programming. These ...
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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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I have a (perhaps irrational) fear that brand-new users with auto-generated usernames may not return. Can I encourage them to change their username?

New visitors to Stack Exchange can post questions or answers as a guest. The site asks them to specify their name and their email address. If they're lazy and they leave the "name" field blank, the ...
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If someone's so lazy they use an auto-generated username, they may not have done email verification. What are the chances that they'll ever return? [duplicate]

New visitors to Stack Exchange can post questions or answers as a guest. The site asks them to specify their name and their email address. If they're lazy and they leave the "name" field blank, the ...
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Anything I should know about Stack Exchange? [closed]

I know I'm going to get slammed for the broadness of this question, but I just wanted to ask, is there anything I should know about Stack Exchange? Basically, what I'm asking is; all forum or ...
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Allow new users 1 comment? [duplicate]

I don't know if it's a problem on all sites, but on Genealogy & Family History SE I see that often new users just want to add a comment, but they can't because there is a 50 rep requirement. So ...
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Why are questions with poor grammar and/or asked by new users down voted so hard? [duplicate]

This might not be the regular trend but every now or then I see a new user asking a question (that does not fit the Stack Exchange question format) and is downvoted heavily. I'm just trying to ...
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Should we update the TOS post with a banner to point clueless users at SO for their programming questions?

Ever since the TOS update, Meta Stack Exchange keeps getting flooded by ridiculous questions (mostly about general programming and code, but occasionally for other sites than SO) whenever the ...
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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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Lost questions: Give the minimal feedback after receiving an answer

Many people often subscribe to Stack Exchange to ask the first question frequently without reading the minimum requirement to ask a question. But not only these people, also frequently users do it. ...
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Can we increase the filters of what is posted on these sites to prevent extreme NSFW?

This isn't a regular, let's stop curse words post. Please read on. This post was precipitated by a report that came to my attention from the Smoke Detector in Charcoal HQ which is a bot that, I am ...
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How did this person who has 1 rep comment on a question? [duplicate]

So here is their profile. And here is the question. How did the person in question, who has 1 rep, comment on a question?
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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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Prevent new users from including links to explanatory images

Stack Overflow is overflowed with questions from new users that ask "How can I do this?" with a link to some random image that "explain" it more clearly. Examples: https://stackoverflow.com/...
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Suggested Privilege: Inviting new users to chat

Superpings allow moderators to ping any user on the site from the chatroom, even if they haven't been in the chat in the recent past. If the superpinged user doesn't have a chat account because he ...
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Ways to give users some specific education about question quality and topicality

Important: This question is being asked here, and not on the Programmers Meta, because I believe that several SE sites suffer from this same, specific problem. On Programmers, I see a pattern ...
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Is StackExchange Just Hostile to New Users? [duplicate]

I am a new user, and posted my first question. Judging by the speed from which the post was put on hold and the snide comments, the post was not given a fair chance. Even though the comments where ...
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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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Protection prevention ignores deleted answers from new users

Related: Prevent protecting questions under certain circumstances ...we're considering removing the option to protect from questions that haven't received at least one answer from a new user. That'...
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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 ...