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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.

New users have restrictions that are removed when their reputation is at least 10.

Getting started as a new user can be hard, and possibly even frustrating. Here are some effective approaches to get you going, preferably in the order specified:

  1. Visit the Help Center (after taking the Tour), which contains lots of valuable information, including the "Be Nice" policy.
  2. Become familiar with the Dictionary of Commonly-Used Terms.
  3. Read the FAQ; failure to do so is asking for problems.

Here are some typical questions that are worth checking out for anybody trying to get started as a newbie:

Everyone should read this discussion about being nice to new users, targeted to experienced users, with various suggestions about interactions with new users.