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Questions tagged [new-users]

Questions that deal with general issues regarding new users and their assimilation into the Math Stack Exchange community.

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Show “how to ask” advice before a new user asks a question

Many questions by new users end up closed as duplicates or for another reason related to the lack of familiarity with the site. I won't go into details; they are much discussed. I propose to enable ...
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Should questions from “newbie” users be put “On-Hold” by default?

An ongoing discussion asks "What can we do about the tension on this site?. As I see it, some of the tension exists because there are (at least) three groups of users here that all want very ...
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Three strike rule to using MathJax

I believe one problem with math.stackexchange is the lack of discipline by newer users when it comes to using MathJax. Let me elaborate. Much too often, one can see a question posted by a user that ...
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Downvoting new user's questions

Quite recently I saw a few posts of new users of this site (which were just joining MSE) which were on a very basic level and indeed contained some mistakes or even basic mathematical ...
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How, in my opinion, we should treat new askers

Imagine this... Sitting in your home, in front of your desk, doing your math homework from school, college, or just for fun, and stuck in a certain exercise. You come across this great website, and ...
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How to handle a new user posting low-quality answers

How should a new user posting a lot of low-quality answers be handled? I think that the quality of most of the answers is not low enough to call for a flag on its own. In most cases they are an ...
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Addressing the common misuse of the abstract-algebra tag

I've noticed a common pattern among new users to use the abstract-algebra tag, often times when the question has little to nothing to do with abstract algebra. I recognize that mis-tagging is an easy ...
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An auto-comment on first questions that motivates sharing doubts and thoughts

Very often I see a user's first question getting down-voted and eventually it ends up being closed. Usually I find this to be too rough of a treatment, as the user is not accustomed to the site. I ...
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New User: Welcome To MSE…

While posting this question I got good feeling. But why?? I think this is because while posting on META, you are doing something which may be significant for the site. What is this site all about?? ...
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Should MathJaX be pointed out to new users?

On a very regular basis we see new users that are not accustomed with the use of MathJaX on MSE. Sometimes even some users that aren't that new to the site. Most of us, when this happens, kindly bring ...
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A message before new users post

Almost all the time, new users post a question with no explanation with no context given, and no mathjax used. I have written "Please write what you tried" a countless number of times. There should be ...
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Proposal: Onboarding process

I propose that MSE introduces an onboarding process for new users. Problem statement: Too many PSQ's & MSE used as a homework-completion site Growing resentment of "rep-farming" Conflict between ...
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Can the site-design be improved to be more welcoming to new users?

I think that the design of MSE could be more welcoming to new users. I don't know how much effort it would take and of course that should be considered. My view is as someone who is relatively new to ...
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Answer acceptance rate

I frequently find that when I answer the questions of new users they do not accepts my answers. It seems they tend to just up vote the answer. Thus a number of my answers (which through comments they ...
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Ability to View Answers in LaTeX

Is there an option or can one be implemented so that new users like myself can view the "source code" of others answers. Obviously there are many tutorials in which we can find the correct commands, ...
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New contributor guidelines

Are new contributors pre-notified during their first ( say 5 ) posts alerting them that they should include details of their efforts and that pure work orders (or what may sound that way) stand a ...
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Interactive check-list for first-time contributors at submission stage

As a follow-up to this question, I would like to know if the following proposal would be helpful to reduce low-quality first-time contributions. Duplicate disclaimer. While writing this question, I ...