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Proposition : Commenting with less than 50 Reputation

I am not a great answerer or asker on StackExchange forums so I don't have much reputation ( And my goal here is not to complain about that). I wanted to comment a question for clarification but of ...
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Show a banner to new users linking them to the help center

Some time back Doc asked How can we encourage people to read the FAQ before asking their first question? which is a really good question and a fairly consistent challenge to get people to ask ...
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Some stats on first and second posts

One of the things that we occasionally see on P.SE (and more often at the start of a new college semester) is new users posting their homework. With single posts, we are often able to comment and ...
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Why are we getting so many off topic 'debug this for me' questions? what can we do about it?

Yes, this is a duplicate of Using Programmers as "learning and training area" for Stack Overflow kind questions intended to re-ask the question more clearly and without the tangents of ...
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Why is this question still around?

I'm talking about this. The user is obviously a troll and should probably be question-locked and some serious action taken to limit their ability to comment. I flagged it for moderator attention, no ...
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How do you get 20 rep to get into chat?

People keep telling me that there is this wonderful area in Stack Exchange where you can ask questions called "chat" or "The Whiteboard", but it keeps saying that I need 20 reputation. I have such ...
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Let's help askers who are trying to circumvent question block at Stack Overflow

If a first time asker has an SO account that was recently (say, within a week) question blocked over there, how about showing them a warning like this: Wait! You've recently been blocked at Stack ...
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Stats regarding new users

Comment here expressed concern on whether site is attractive for new users. I would like some statistics to learn more about that. Per user ids it looks like site has got 5,000 new users this month, ...
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Looking for guidance on using “No Action Needed” in the first posts review queue

Following the post from Yannis Rizos about the use of "No Action Needed" for posts that are not all that good (Reviewing first posts from new users), I am struggling to understand when to use "No ...
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Reviewing first posts from new users

I took a quick look at the review history in our first posts review queue and I've noticed some "No Action Needed" reviews that I didn't agree with. That's not a problem, I don't expect anyone to ...
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Why didn't auto-protection kick in in this question?

Per my reading of the timeline, this question has got 3 answers in 24 hours from new users (i.e. users who earned less than 10 reputation on the site, excluding any association bonuses): https://...
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What do new users see when their question has close votes

I voted to close this question, and then the OP asked for downvoters to give a comment. Which made me wonder: what do new (low rep) users see when there is a close vote on their question (before it ...
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How can we encourage people to read the FAQ before asking their first question?

Every day we still get lots of questions on PSE which are immediately put on hold because of one of the standard closing reasons (asking for career or education advice, asking for an off-site resource ...
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How can we avoid turning off potential participants who see the wall of Closed questions?

The home page of P.SE is often littered with inappropriate questions that have been appropriately closed. This is an important part of any .SE site. However, it can be intimidating or off-putting for ...
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What are P.SE's new user limitations?

Short version: Does P.SE have similar new user limitations as SO does? Buried in the MSO FAQ is this answer about new user restrictions. And it states that new users are only allowed 6 questions in ...
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Should new users be protected from down votes?

I just saw an answer from a new user (1 reputation point joined today) with 3 downvotes I'd be surprised if that guy ever decided to return to the site because of the welcome he received. Only one ...
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Reducing user frustration

There has been some minor stir about a user who apparently rage-quit P.SE. This isn't exactly common, but it isn't exactly uncommon either. I admit to this being a less than idea question itself - I ...
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Is this really Uncle Bob??

Answer to Can a function be too short? by user "Uncle Bob". If so, welcome Uncle Bob! I'm thrilled to see you answering questions on Programmers!
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Fell into a seam (of seamless integration)?

Hi Meta-forum, I wondered over to programmers.se today from SO for the first time, and posted a response to a users question. I was a little surprised at being allowed to do this by just providing ...
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When associating multiple sites to a new site, what about adding a minimum level reputation automatically for the new site?

I've been trying to lurk on the Programmer's site and a couple of other new Stack Exchange sites before posting a question to get a higher reputation. My ID was automatically associated with my other ...
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How to handle new user with significant amount of closed questions

I have noticed recently a number of new users who have a significant amount of closed questions. One user in particular has around 50% of 28 questions asked that have been closed. A lot of the ...
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How do I get started with Programmers.SE?

What do I need to know to get the most out of this site?