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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Strange new users with Chinese/Korean usernames

From here, we can see many 1-rep users with Chinese or Korean usernames. Their profile photos are their usernames themselves. I am a Chinese native speaker, I can see their usernames do not seem to be ...
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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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Frustrating user experience of a newly signed up user

TL;DR - Please change the behavior so that once a user signs up, the questions posted from a guest account with the same e-mail will be linked to the signed up user. Long version: After posting 2 ...
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Would a chatroom for new users be feasible?

Several times some users suggested that it might be useful to have a separate chatroom to help new users. (Directing them to various resources, suggesting how their post(s) can be improved, help with ...
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Calling attention to the Staging Ground, a new site area under development to help new users

Recently Stack Exchange is developing a new area of the website called the Staging Ground, and the announcement is now a featured post on Meta.SE. Having searched the meta and a couple of chatrooms ...
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Is bad form to answer a question that would probably be closed for lack of context?

Sometimes I see a question from a new user, the sort of question that's followed by a "What have you tried?" comment. I suspect that if it were flagged, it would be closed. Is it considered to be ...
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Adding MathJax for new user versus adding a comment

Forgive me if this is a dupe. It happens frequently that new users post questions without using MathJax (either using Unicode, ASCII, an image, etc.). Sometimes, I see experienced users comment ...
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Why can’t I participate in the discussion or contact the participants?

I found the following question and associated thread interesting, and I’d like to contribute: Product rule for matrix-valued functions and Differentiability of matrix multiplication. However, I have ...
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How to respond to newbie answer.

I came across a late answer by a new user to a question, which I link here; and I have a dilemma how to respond. The formatting was pretty bad (read: non-existent), so I edited it and commented, ...
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A Beginner and the Problem with the 50 Reputations Requirement

I have just started studying calculus and sometimes have questions which are super easy for the most members of the site. I had a question and did not want to ask it because a similar one was already ...
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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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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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Adding the link of the MathJax tutorial in the Tour and/or the sidebar (bulletin) displayed when one is going to ask a question

Can we include a prominent link to MathJax in the Tour, a suggested here, and on the sidebar (bulletin) that displays on the right side when one is going to ask a question, as suggested in the ...
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new users : use latex?

I often edit and comment new users' questions with Use latex (click on edit to see what I typed) I wonder if it is possible to detect when a new user is posting a question without using latex, ...
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Implementing a fill-in-the-blank type structure for new users asking questions

A notable problem on this site seems to be PSQs from new users. In order to encourage better questions, I suggest implementing a fill-in-the-blank type structure for new users asking questions. Once a ...
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Inappropriate to clarify a questioner's title?

[edit: I posted this while possibly not in the best frame of mind for calm and thoughtful writing, and that probably comes through. But I seriously would appreciate feedback about how to treat this ...
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Can we improve signposting to Chat, for new users?

When I started on this site, although I saw Chat mentioned here and there I wasn't fully aware how to find it and use it. I think there could be better signposting for new users of what advantages ...
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Can the Intro to new mathSE users be refined to improve the quality of new-user-mathSE queries?

After I specified this meta mathSE query's title, I noticed (in the drop down box) the meta mathSE query: Can the site design be improved to be more welcoming. That query is actually coming from the ...
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Notification about math jax for new users

I saw a problem which is common for new users who are using math jax. although they can write formula for example it is not hard to guess to show $x^2$ you should write ...
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What advice do you give to someone who's written an incomplete question below any understanding?

It happened recently and again today (post now deleted) that someone submitted a question with so little content that it was close to impossible to guess anything from it. We all know that by the ...
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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 ...
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Newcomer Tutorial

I've seen time and time again newcomers coming to this exchange who've clearly not read the rules on how to post a good question to this exchange. I'm unsure how feasible this would be to implement on ...
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Button for "First Posts" MathJax-based review

When I review "First Posts" questions, a lot of reviews consist of pointing out new users on using MathJax by leaving a comment. Can't we establish a button which automatically creates a ...
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Improving MathJax experience for beginners

I don't know if this has already been discussed here on the meta, but since most of these 'MathJax Tutorial' have been meant for beginners, wouldn't it make sense if they could comment asking their ...
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Not much community on this site for new members

I joined this community because I often visited MSE when I wanted to find ideas for the intuition behind theorems and definitions. Currently I'm a mathematics graduate student and I often feel that ...
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