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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

Here are some of my experiences talking about math.se in the real world. I knew a well-meaning but struggling sophomore math major who felt too afraid to post a question here. She used the site ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

This is THE place. I call this place a "super computer". And it is. It is true that maybe it is a harsh place for newbies, but that is not 100% true. It is harsh only if you ask something ...
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Don't review a first question by simply downvoting it or voting to close it

Originally intended to be a comment, but I find that it is more of an answer than a comment. I would suggest modifying the website to force newcomers to read the "Asking a good question" (...
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Is there a shorter and more opinionated version of "How to ask a good question?" that we can direct new users to?

This Answer to “How to avoid downvotes for beginners' questions?” is relevant, as upvotes usually accompany Good Questions. Here I build off that Answer, giving instructions with examples. Advice ...
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How to avoid downvotes for beginner's questions?

Added a present the problem bullet point that includes an Edit-Images section. Added an Edit-Tools paragraph. In my opinion, the best way to have your query upvoted rather than downvoted is by first ...
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Downvoting new user's questions

It is impossible to notify downvoters; the possibility to do so comes up from time to time as a feature request (that might have some merits but is also open to abuse). The situation was handled ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

I am a person who was "good" at math in high school, but I would definitely consider myself an "enthusiast" rather than a "mathematician". (Somehow I feel that "...
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Short and helpful advice on using MathJax on the site ...

The goal of this post is to outline the absolute basics of how to typeset mathematics using MathJax, without any prior knowledge assumed. Introduction: when asking and answering questions, it makes ...
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What's with some new contributors flagrantly violating the rules for answering questions?

I want to draw your attention to these two questions: https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/3000195/first-countable-space-is-sequentially-compact-iff-countably-compact https://math.stackexchange....
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Should MathJaX be pointed out to new users?

The motivation behind your idea is good; after all, the lack of MathJax editing can stir up confusion for both the asker and the helper. We all know MathJax's benefits. However, I'm not quite sure ...
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What are the general norms on this site?

Begin by reading tour, and help. Next, on this page (we being in meta), in the upper right hand corner search box, type "how to ask", and "how to answer", then read through those results as it ...
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Down vote for new user

A couple of things Votes on meta don't mean the same as on the main site. A downvote can mean that people disagree with your position, it doesn't necessarily mean that people don't value your post. ...
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Are the curators becoming overbearing in impeding the use of the site by askers/answerers?

Your point boils down to "people should be allowed to create and enable bad content if they want because it doesn't hurt anyone." But it does. Questions on math.se aren't private messages. ...
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Ability to View Answers in LaTeX

Yes there is! Just right click on the equation you want to view, click "Show Math As" and then click "Tex Commands"
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Blocking to ask a question for a beginner.

We already do this more-or-less. It's not strictly the Tour but we show this page https://math.stackexchange.com/questions/ask/advice which even has a check-box. For reference, a link to the post (...
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Hostility towards new members and treating them disrespectfully like they are total noobs?

The comment history on the answer doesn't exactly look good for anyone involved in the discussion. I might suggest, when you feel a little calmer, that you flag it for moderator attention and ask ...
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What makes a contributor new?

In the linked posts from the main meta site, it says: The new indicator works by the age of a user's first visible post. This could be a question or answer, and the association bonus won't influence ...
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I'm reviewing many first posts by leaving a comment. Is it OK?

It appears to me that this is definitely behaviour in the spirit of the review system. Therefore you are definitely not doing something wrong. If this were the Low Quality queue or the Close Votes ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

Of the people I know—and some of them are mathematically inclined—Math SE is not super well known. Most of the people are not surprised it exists, but have not specifically used it. I don't know that ...
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Don't review a first question by simply downvoting it or voting to close it

I agree that the First Posts review queue calls upon Reviewers to do more than simply downvote and close. The instructions at the top of that page say: This is the first question asked by a new user....
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What should be the role of *Welcome to MSE*?

I think amWhy's and Isa's comments above point out THE major problem with this for new users: a user needs 20 reputation to participate in chat, and most users who would benefit from talking to ...
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Show "how to ask" advice before a new user asks a question

This is live; I went with a variation on Normal Human's proposed guidance: To improve the chances of your question getting an answer, make sure that it: Uses MathJax formatting for math formulas Has ...
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Advise new users to stay engaged with their question

This may be a controversial answer, but I think the low investment of users in non homework cases maybe due to the following: The mathematical maturity of the user is not enough to understand the ...
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Question "Integral thank you" asked by an interesting new user

Ananth, I do wonder what you mean by "reputed" users. If you mean the experienced ones on Math.SE, of course they should be role models for new users. Yes, if no one answers a question asked by a new ...
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Rationale and need for rule barring low-reputation users from inserting images

We already had users posting pornographic pictures, or stuff like that. I think that's a good enough reason. At the very least require someone to add something of possible value to the site before ...
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What's the reputation of MathSE among students and more casual users?

I would like to share my view on the two Stack Exchange (SE) sites that I — a high school student — use the most: Mathematics SE and Physics SE. I agree that both sites are vast repositories of ...
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