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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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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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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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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 ...
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Welcome message, wrong link

When joining first message in inbox was: This message links to: http://stackoverflow.com/users/edit/current Assume it should be: http://stackoverflow.com/tour or similar.
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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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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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First-Post “No Action Needed” should not count to review stats

A few years back, the "No action needed" option was added to the First Post review process to prevent an overabundance of voting. The pendulum has swung too far the other way, now, and people are ...
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Why does SE appear a rather unfriendly environment for new users, and how can we work on fixing that?

I've tried multiple times to ask a question about how to include meta data in a webpage, but whether I ask it on StackOverflow, Programmers.SE, or Webmasters.SE, it gets closed, voted down, and I'm ...
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If a comment is too long, is it OK to post it as an answer?

Bob has a comment on a question. However, Bob's comment is too long to fit in the comment box. Does that make it OK for Bob to paste his comment into the answer box? If not, what should Bob do ...
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How do I demonstrate disagreement for user actions that I can't downvote on?

What's the preferred mechanism to demonstrate disagreement with user actions that aren't questions or answers on the main site? I often see newbie questions handled downright hostilely by (presumably)...
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Someone always downvotes my question without helping me to understand what I did wrong [duplicate]

Whenever I post a question (usually on Stack Overflow), I almost always get a downvote within the first few minutes of it being posted. I try my best to follow all the rules, search before posting, ...
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Notification for review tasks, “first post”

I was wandering if there is an efficient way to get an instantaneous notification for pending review tasks. I'm aware of Chrome extensions "Desktop Notifications for Stack Exchange", that's the kind ...
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Down and duplicate votes on my questions as a new user seem like bullying [duplicate]

Lot of people have posted these kind of questions, but mine deals with another perspective of the same problem, so before you cry out duplicate! just hear me out. I'm a pretty new user on Stack ...
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What do we do to keep new users coming back to the site?

I'm just curious, I see a lot of new users around SE who ask a question and never come back, so what do we (or more specifically, what does the automated system at play) do to encourage ongoing ...
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What is a meta for?

A guest at my house over the weekend stood puzzled next to my driveway. "What is that for?" she asked, pointing to a framework of 2x4s and hardware cloth perched on an old tire amid piles of ...
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How to bootstrap reputation as a new user? [duplicate]

I recently referred someone else to the StackExchange network. However, I was quickly pointed to a pretty embarrassing problem: The new account started with one reputation. But with just one ...
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How should I review no-answers? [duplicate]

Since this morning I can make reviews in SO. I got a question which is answered with a no-answer, what should I do rather than commenting the user to ask this as a question?
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How many questions escape community protection because of reputation gained within checked question?

Community's auto-protection of questions is implemented such that quick upvotes to answers from new users make those answers cease to trigger the checks for automatically making a question protected. ...
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Age differences

I realize that Stack Exchange sites accommodate a variety of people, whether they are professional or enthusiast contributors, whether they are 13 or >60. But does SE have encouragement strategies ...
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Down vote a question which belongs to other SE site

I have seen many questions on Stack Overflow and other sites on Area 51. I found that people use to down vote a question if it isn't related to that particular site but related to other Stack Exchange ...
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A Markdown tutorial for new users?

Many new users post questions that lacks proper formatting, and it's mostly because they do not know how to use Markdown. Could we have a feature that suggests them to try out a dummy question with ...
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Should I Downvote a user's first answer if it is bad?

I was reviewing first answers today when I came along an answer that didn't answer the question being asked. The question asked for: C++ Naming Conventions for C# Developer The answer was about C# ...

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