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

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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 much did “advice for first-time askers” help?

Since October 2015 a "How to ask?" page is shown before a user asks their first question on this site, and they need to confirm that they read it; see here: Show “how to ask” advice before a new user ...
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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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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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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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What's with some new contributors flagrantly violating the rules for answering questions?

Recently I have posted a few questions in varying fields and new contributors keep posting with what only can be described as nonsense. Sometimes they're ill attempts at humour other times they are ...
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Question “Integral thank you” asked by an interesting new user

My question comes from observing this question posted by a new user: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/2285016/integral-thank-you I saw in the comments section several friendly and a few ...
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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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Newbie wondering: Personal messages, leftover incomplete answers, …

I have been here for 3 weeks now, and I like to think that I'm gradually understanding, how the place works. However, there are a few things that I haven't figured out yet, and the FAQ didn't give any ...
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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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Information to new users

Don't you think that it could be good to explain to any new user, at least the first time he or she connects, what are the rules of the site concerning : accepting answers, upvotes, downvotes, ...
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Down vote for new user

I registered an account for Math Exchange this morning. While trying to learn Latex and type neatly the solution for the user Cherry_Developer in here and here, I got down vote. I get very unhappy ...
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What should be the role of *Welcome to MSE*?

When a constant stream of new users come to MSE and repeatedly flout policy, deluge the site with bad questions, write them as PSQs, post images instead of MathJax, then get them serially downvoted, ...
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User gone rogue

This user has been asking a series of ill-formatted question showing no effort whatsoever, and he (or she) does not even seem to answer any comment posted. Moreover, at least one question has been ...
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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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What are the general norms on this site?

I have just joined this site and could you please give me an idea on how to effectively ask and answer a question? Does this site have any conventional rules across the users?
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Flagging for Moderator Attention

Something just occurred to me as I viewed the comments to this question. Akhil, a fellow moderator, wrote that I'll be happy to reopen if you edit the question to something more detailed and flag ...
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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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What makes a contributor new?

I notice that this user is currently flagged as a new contributor on the main site (see here for example) despite the fact that he has been a member of MSE for quite a while and has plenty of rep ...
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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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Is the FAQ poor and the learning curve steep?

Recently there has been some discussion of our site on sci.math. I was surprised to learn that some folks are having difficulty learning how to use our site. Is this a common experience? We currently ...
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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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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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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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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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Couldn't there be a standard comment that is added to new users' questions automatically?

Couldn't there be a standard comment that is added to new users's questions automatically? Many of us have seen how most of the new users of this forum format their question. Not making use of LaTeX, ...
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I'm reviewing many first posts by leaving a comment. Is it OK?

Well, as the title says, I'm reviewing some first questions with a comment saying basically ''improve your question by adding details (effort, context, etc.)'' and I'm a bit worried. In one hand, I ...
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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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Newbie with problem in best answer classification

Hey all! I'm a newbie here, just registered yesterday. I asked a question at Math SE and I received 2 good answers, but I can't get them both up neither choose as best one. I think it's unfair to ...
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emails in posts

hi I was reviewing https://math.stackexchange.com/review/late-answers/180248 (also ) How to find an ellipse , given 2 passing points and the tangents at them? and the new poster gave his email address ...
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He has not enough reputation to comment and made a new question, how to proceed?

This question asks for an clarification of an answer of mine here. Do I post an answer to his new question, or do I post a comment in my answer and flag his new question? Remark: He did it, because ...
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setting up new account

Sorry -- this is likely duplicative, but I don't know where to find the answer. I have a friend who may want to set up an account. I can't remember where I went to set up my own account. Also, I was ...
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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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Why isn't this person a new contributor?

Not high priority, just a curiosity...but shouldn't this OP be a "new contributor"? According to What makes a contributor new? and the linked post, I think the OP should be. The account is 30 days ...
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User repeatedly removing main body of a post despite a warning

I noticed on this post that the user has removed the body/equation in his main post twice, amid a warning of suspension (as noted in the comments) by Zev Chonoles. Is there anything I should do ...
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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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Help commenting for the low rep

When reviewing low quality vote we might see some comments posted incorrectly as an answer. Most of the time, if their comments are meaningful, I will copy their comments and paste it to the correct ...
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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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What's the policy of SE on a question like this?

A really poor-formatted question was being asked on the main site. I honeslt was tempted to flag it as spam! Do we need to perform large edit on a question like that as it has been done, or is it ...
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Why are people such jerks about imprecise questions?

I've noticed a proliferation of people posting snarky answers or comments on question's that have poor phrasing or terminology, which annoys me, as it serves only to drive away new, and potentially ...
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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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Make new users feel a bit more involved when they first submit a question [duplicate]

Very simple thought triggered by the overwhelming amount of new users who clearly haven't read the excellent threads how-to-ask-a-good-question and how-to-ask-a-homework-question: it would perhaps be ...
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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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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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Blocking to ask a question for a beginner.

Is it possible to block to ask a question for a beginner who has not take the Tour?
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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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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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Incorrectly posting on Meta

Every so often a new user posts a question on Meta that should have been put on the main site, and a few minutes later it is on hold as off-topic. On two occasions I have seen such a question on Meta ...
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Homework problems from new users

It seems like there are a lot of new users who join to post homework questions. That's perfectly fine, of course, but their questions are often just copy-and-pasted homework problems without any ...