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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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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Feature request: Add mandatory field for more precise reason

This was earlier requested on the meta site for LaTeX here at stackexchange, under When flagging for close: Adding a reason. The discussion lead to a suggestion to post the request here. Posts on ...
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Tag beginners questions page

Imagine someone new coming to SO to ask about Java, in most cases their questions will be duplicates. Same thing in Travel.SE, someone coming to ask how to book a ticket, etc. Now, if there was a ...
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How to promote the “include script with your question” to newcomers [duplicate]

Many of the questions, in Stack Overflow, I have seen the new users are not posting part of there script with their question or they fail to post their attempt at getting the script working How can ...
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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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Safe place to check if your question is okay before posting

Sometimes you've read the good question guidelines but if you're new to the site, your question may still not be up to the site's standards. Which will usually trigger less-than-polite responses from ...
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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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Overenthusiastic moderation. Is there a feedback route? [duplicate]

Suppose there is a moderator on an unspecified Stack Exchange community who is sometimes, let us say, a little heavy handed—occasionally with very new members. I understand that that is only my ...
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Why did my comment on an answer-converted-to-comment vanish into the void?

I've posted a comment to an answer from a new user, which was later converted to a comment, and now my comment is completely gone (doesn't even show in all-actions), and the answer-now-comment from ...
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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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Why are the registration requirements different for posting questions vs posting answers?

If you want to post a question you have to confirm your email address but if you want to post an answer you don't. For purposes of spam reduction it seems like requiring an email address for both ...
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How do new users get help on Stack Exchange?

I'm having a computer issue and joined SuperUser looking for help after your site popped up in a search for tech help forums. I asked a question as a guest and received a couple of comments, so I'm ...
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Should there be a warning for new users before they type an answer?

Over on Arqade, a lot of new users will tend to show up who are willing to provide input but they may not have gotten the gist of things. This is understandable. However, a lot of time, there will be ...
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How do I get 5 reputation points? [duplicate]

How do I get started? If you need 5 points to answer a question why do you need to ask needless questions to get 5 points?
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Make three “No Action Needed” required to remove something from First Posts and Late answers

So I've recently learned my lesson about "No Action Needed" in the First Posts and Late answers queue. This has been discussed to death: So I failed this review audit Failed and banned for user who ...
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What happens if Stack Exchange doesn't let anyone down-vote a newbie who has a reputation less than five? [duplicate]

I was thinking that Stack Exchange itself already has a smart system that filters the quality of a new question. Even the architecture of Stack Exchange is dependent on growing user networks. Then why ...
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What do I do when a moderator has a “God” complex? [duplicate]

Recently, I gave my opinion to a moderator on the Stack Exchange Movies & TV chat room and was scolded like a child. It is very frustrating to me to make a comment in the chat room and ...
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What do we really want from new users who write dud first answers?

Suppose a new user makes a first stab at writing an answer, but to a more experienced user's eye, his contribution would be more appropriate as a comment. The canned response offered to reviewers is ...
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Catch-22, recommendation of comment to user with low rep

I have seen several comments to new participants that say: This does not provide an answer to the question. To critique or request clarification from an author, leave a comment below their post - ...
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Dealing with new users' inability to comment

I am currently working on learning reviewing skills. I've come across the following situation, which I imagine must be extremely common on all the SE sites: A new user writes an answer that would ...
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Upvote / downvote bandwagon - and how to stop it [duplicate]

The issue isn't about downvotes themselves, it's the abuse done by them. On my time on Stack Overflow I have often noticed the phenomena of dissatisfied people downvoting questions without any given ...
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Prevent users from supplying emails

Occasionally, I will come across a post (either a question or an answer) where, at the end of their code, something like this will be there: If you have any more questions, you can contact me at ...
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Change wording for banner displayed when user doesn't have enough rep to downvote

Earlier today, I was on the site of a Stack Exchange community that I have joined, but don't yet have 125 reputation, so I can't downvote. I wasn't thinking about that when I tried to downvote an ...
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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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Please change the “pending edit cannot edit” error screen [duplicate]

Eww. Please could there be some CSS going on there? By that I mean more than just a margin. Even better, there could be a Red AJAX (?) popup box, telling me the info rather than an ugly redirection?
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What to do when user doesn't know how to use site?

Recently, I met a user who didn't really know how to use the Stack Exchange sites. He insisted that reputation should not exist because it's useless. How should I respond? Should I flag for a mod to ...
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Which SE sites require 10 reputation points to post images?

On most Stack Exchange sites, new users can embed images in posts regardless of reputation. But there are a few sites where embedded images are not accepted from users with reputation less than 10. ...
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Give more specific guidance on question ban questions

For the past few years, since they started the question ban, we've been getting lots of questions from users (usually new) asking why they can't ask questions, and what the error dialog means. ...
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New users should be redirected to the proper site instead of being downvoted

New users (like me) use to post questions on any Stack Exchange site, and sometimes they are closed as off-topic and get lots of down votes which is quite demotivating for those users, causing them to ...
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1 Comment per week if properly used for below 50 rep user

Comments are an important feature. They are especially crucial to the site, because they allow others to suggest abstract improvements or ask for clarification in answers and questions. They are also ...
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Could we get the 'Community' user to prompt new users to accept an answer if they've commented 'Thanks'? [duplicate]

Just a thought, a lot of the time I stumble across questions where an answer has a comment from the Question OP, along the lines of: Thanks <Answerer>! This helped a bunch! And I find myself ...
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Prevent new chat users from flagging

In past few months I have been flag-locked in chat several times just because someone didn't approve use of words like "shit" or "fuck" in a conversation (discussing things like PHP frameworks or ...
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Should I avoid giving a bounty to a new user?

At the beginning, learning the ropes of the system as you earn rep is very important. Because of that, is it a bad idea to give a bounty to a very new user? They would get a number of privileges very ...
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Some Stack Exchange users wasting time of newcomers, not the other way around [closed]

In my humble newbie opinion, the premises that I have to be aware of to question, comment or answer here, are many and complicated. Immediately upon asking a question, I am throttled with downvotes, ...
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Notifying New users Questions response via email

Though SE have policy not to send e-mails but Our community 'Ask Patents' drive lot of traffic from user outside SE ecosystem (Thanks to Google Patents 'Discuss' button) and being new they don't know ...
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Encourage explanatory comments for downvoting new users

I've had a few friends, predominantly female, downvoted heavily when first using Stack Overflow, and they haven't come back. To be fair, they were asking bad questions, or asking questions badly; the ...
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“No question is too trivial or too ”newbie". Is that a diffused opinion or a principle?

I read some people on stack exchange quoting from the FAQ No question is too trivial or too "newbie" However, that very clear statement is now gone (or I cannot find it anymore). Is that just a ...
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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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Reputation flaw for new users [duplicate]

I noticed a flaw that applies only to new users or users with few to no upvotes, and low reputation. By exploiting the fact that reputation doesn't go below 1, one could theoretically get undeserved ...
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Should we have a down-vote “safe zone” for new users with less than 50 reputation? [duplicate]

I think it would be good for people with less than 50 reputation to have a down-voting “safe zone” because they are new and don’t know the system yet. Down-votes destroy their interest to answer ...
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What are the recommended activities for a new user, such as for asking for more info on a question or an answer? [duplicate]

Related questions: New user not able to comment (answer gets catch-22). What am I supposed to do as a newbie if I want more info on a question? How does a new user begin using Stack Overflow/Stack ...
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What am I supposed to do as a newbie if I want more info on a question? [duplicate]

So I am new here, and I am quite limited in what I can do in any of the forums. I completely understand why, but it is quite frustrating. If I see a question and want to ask a related question, [I ...
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What should new users do if they have to add a graph in the question? [duplicate]

Why can’t new users add images to their first questions? Suppose there is a homework question that cannot be typed. If the user can’t add an image (of course followed by his working), then how will ...
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Can a question belong to a user other than the one who originally asked it?

I saw this question in the First Posts review queue a few hours ago from now (2015/02/26). it was asked by a seemingly new comer named Lina Sellak! A few hours later, the question appeared to belong ...
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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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Why do questions or answers posted by new users not show up immediately for review?

I checked a lot of time that if a new user posted a question or answered a question, it won't immediately reflect in the review section; rather, it is available for review after ~5 minutes (I don't ...
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Instead of triage can we try and change the behavior of new posters?

Triage is being tested on SO but wouldn't it be more useful to change the behavior then a behind the scene task the new users are more than likely not aware of? I have pondered an idea for some time ...
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Reputation loan for new users to use sensibly? [duplicate]

I am a new StackExchange user and was frustrated to find that the only way to gain reputation at first was to ask a question or answer one quickly. I feel this incentivises new users to post poor-...
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Let's limit MSE participation to people who have accounts on other sites

I'm sure we've all seen questions asked on MSE by new users, who think that this is a place to ask questions about parenting (as one did just tonight, but was deleted very quickly) or programming or ...
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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 ...