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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

I'm on board with the idea of reminding people to be considerate to those who are new to the site, but I think there's a piece missing. The new UI element encourages established users to help the new ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

This really isn't adding new information. Mostly because showing rep provides this information already. When you see someone with very little rep, the odds of them being within a few days old are ...
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What about the community is "toxic" to new users?

There are a few different reasons that people perceive Stack Overflow - and, to a lesser extent, the other Stack Exchange sites - as toxic. Let's get into a few of them. The most major reason, in my ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

Noob alert! Remember to put on your kid gloves! Seriously? I don't like this at all. Yes, some people are new to the site. Yes, we should know that they may not understand all the rules. But no, we ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

Ouch. Whatever made you think this is a good idea? Well, ok, I can see how it would be appealing. But have you considered the potential downsides from labeling new users with a target marked “NOOB”? ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

Okay - why does it matter if the user is a new contributor or new to a technology when they're asking a question? I feel like this particular aspect is being ignored; it should not matter in the ...
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What about the community is "toxic" to new users?

In the eyes of the newbies: Downvotes are considered toxic. Closure of a question is considered super toxic. Any comment trying to explain any of the above is considered toxic. The Welcome Wagon ...
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Warn new users when they ask a question after a previous question is closed, downvoted, or deleted

As of May 26th 2014, we are showing a warning to folks who are about to post a question or an answer when they already have a track record of ... suboptimal questions: or answers: The specific ...
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Usability issues for first-time Stack Exchange users - a micro-study

Good job! This is awesome. There's a lot of useful observations here, but here are a few I'd highlight specifically: The default copy in the hero is kinda goofy. It has that, "No charge - EVER. Enter ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

Will new users also see this mini-banner on their own posts? I could imagine someone being slightly perturbed by seeing a "welcome to the site" type comment when they've been around for 6 days or so. ...
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How can we make First Posts review actually useful?

I agree with you that this is terrible on the trilogy sites, but it works very well on smaller sites that have a strong community core. Whatever your decision on this queue, can you keep it in place ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

Good UI design does not overwhelm users with redundant information. Repeating that new user status three times on a single page is a tad redundant. None of the regular contributors are completely ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

This feature is rude and unwelcoming. You're not singling out behaviors that need to change. You're dropping a blanket accusation of poor behavior on everyone. The very idea that everyone needs this ...
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How can we make First Posts review actually useful?

Smaller sites live and die by reputation. Reputation is gained by having people vote for you. In order to vote, people need 15 rep themselves. For most new people, to get 15 rep, that means getting 3 ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

I think that some of these, particularly the notification in the answer box, is too intrusive. The tag on the user's infobox is livable. The tag on the comment box is odd, but maybe acceptable. But ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

I understand your reasoning for doing this, but do not like the implementation. I also wonder if you have considered the side effects. After some time to reflect, I do not think this is a good idea in ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

Nobody reads the mumbo-jumbo when signing up for a community. Nobody reads the pinned FAQ topics on top of a forum. Nobody reads the tour. Nobody previews their question before posting it. Nobody ...
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Introducing new user onboarding project

There's a lot to applaud here, and a lot to comment on. But I'll limit my feedback to one of each... So, first and foremost: good! Glad to see y'all tackling this. It's a thorny problem, and one that ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

For those that don't want to see this notification / banner, add the following rule to your adblocker: ##.new-contributor-indicator Or using a userstyles plugin: .new-contributor-indicator{ ...
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Can we implement temporary automatic comment ban on 'x' number of validated rude comment flags?

This suggestion is coming up with increasing frequency in various forms; one of my colleagues expressed amazement this morning that we don't already do this - he'd spent the morning cleaning up after ...
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Are we creating divisions in our quest to make new users welcome?

The problem here isn't that the site doesn't treat all people equally... It's that all people aren't equal. I can - and do - spin up a new user whenever I need one, posting answers and gaining ...
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Are we creating divisions in our quest to make new users welcome?

I'll jump in here. But it cannot be denied that these kinds of things foster a fundamental division. It encourages people to think about things in terms of "new users vs. established users"....
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How can we make First Posts review actually useful?

It's critical to scrutinize first posts. They're by far the most likely source of spam, and the most likely to have other problems. You say Allow flagging, commenting, comment voting, etc... But ...
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What about the community is "toxic" to new users?

Those two statements seem to be generalized to the point of meaning nothing at all. Sure. But that is the thing when one tries to compile/reduce a large number of single sentence answers into "...
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A way for "new users" to ask about their post specifically

This feature is now live on all meta sites except the international sites (waiting on translations) and Meta Stack Overflow (to ensure that this doesn't cause a lot of undue disruptions on other sites ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

Three Two suggested improvements: For the experienced users: change "be sure to check out our Code of Conduct" to "remember to follow our Code of Conduct" or similar. "Check out" sounds like "hey, ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

This doesn't seem very helpful to me. I am glad that we have the first posts review queue, but I don't feel convinced that a new contributor indicator shown to all users will help with on-boarding new ...
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Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator!

I have a question regarding this: What will the new user see when they are posting for the first time? If new users don't get any additional guidance from what they've already been getting, then ...
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