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What about the new user experience here is turning people away?

This is a case of straw that broke the camels back, in general I have found the community here to be very unwelcoming compared to other SE communities and the restrictions on question types seem ...
10 votes
3 answers

Do we have different definitions of "Looks OK"?

When a new user asks a question, I usually open it to check it and give them a welcome. Sometimes those questions are badly worded, have missing punctuation or some misspelled words, or in other cases ...
8 votes
2 answers

Can we do something about suggested edits that are replies to the original answer?

For example, the following edit was suggested: The proper way to do this edit would be: to correct and refactor the answer with the correct information or create a competing answer instead, and ...
11 votes
3 answers

What are new users supposed to do when their question has already been asked but not answered?

A user asked a duplicate question today because he had no comment privileges to annotate his issues into the original. Normally such a user would be directed to chat, except brand new users cannot ...
4 votes
1 answer

User with multiple lost accounts

Something weird appened in this question, a couple of "answers" talk about lost credentials, and it seems that these users are actually the same person, asking for help, who clearly can't ...
-5 votes
2 answers

A way to offer private, personal help for trivial questions that end up closed?

I have come across many questions on the site that are very trivial and get closed. However, it is still helpful for the person asking the question to get an answer. I was thinking there should be ...
16 votes
1 answer

Can (should) new users be able to answer their own questions?

The question The Help center states about answering your own question: If you have more than 15 reputation and already know the answer, click the checkbox that says "Answer your own question&...
18 votes
3 answers

Communicating with new users who ask a Duplicate Question

I did some digging through older topics and didn't see this one so I hope I'm not missing something. Over the past few days, I've been clicking on duplicate topics and noticed that a lot of them are ...
3 votes
0 answers

New users asking questions to update old answers? [duplicate]

So, upon writing this, I have found a similar meta question asking the a similar thing; "Communicating with new users who ask a duplicate question", to which the answer was to basically ...
-1 votes
2 answers

Can you upvote/downvote answers to your own questions even without the required reputation?

The upvoting privilege comes at 15 reputation points, and the downvote privilege at 125 points. If a user that has not surpassed this baseline has received a good answer to their question, can they ...
8 votes
1 answer

Would adding an additional prompt for 'game identification' questions encourage users to provide more information? [duplicate]

I've been on a number of SE sites for a while now but this is my first post on a Meta. If this has already been suggested before, I'm happy to recind the question. Game identification questions are ...
7 votes
2 answers

Add a redirect from to

I'm fairly new to this site, and whenever I'm talking about the site I call it 'Arqade'. A lot of times I will type into the address bar, but I get a message that it couldn't ...
-13 votes
3 answers

Should we do something about spammers?

Should people place a reputation cap of ten before new users can answer a question? This would limit spammers tremendously. If not, should we wait until they have fully registered and block the e-mail ...
41 votes
3 answers

What to do with Pokémon Go questions where askers mistake us for Niantic support?

With the Pokémon hype, we're seeing a lot of new users finding their way to our Q&A site. Unfortunately, this means a lot of low level questions: Duplications Error related questions (i.e. ...
-21 votes
2 answers

Too many one-question users

Lately I've been noticing a lot of users who ask one question, and then do nothing else with their account. This means that more and more inactive accounts are lying around, not being used ever, and ...
-6 votes
3 answers

Create a chat room for the posts that don't fit the Q & A guidelines

It seems quite clear that the arqade site is not a forum and after looking at posts by new users it seems that quite a few of them do not know this and try to treat it as such. I was wondering if ...
-14 votes
3 answers

Can we stop voting down new user's posts? [duplicate]

Please stop voting down new people, instead just fix their spelling mistakes, say whats wrong and don't be the guy that sounds like this: CAN YOU PLEASE SPECIFY MORE OF YOUR PROBLEM BECAUSE I DON'T ...
8 votes
2 answers

Please don't discourage new users from using this site

Don't discourage strange or odd new users to use this site. I saw this question with a score of -8 and closed. (I've edited it recently) It was asking about filling some hotel rooms using cheats, ...
8 votes
2 answers

Do we need more reputation to comment than to answer?

I raised an issue I see a lot when reviewing new users posts, in that the answer the user had given was more of a comment, if anything. The user replied that they were forced to supply an answer to ...
5 votes
1 answer

Duplicate user accounts

I've found something strange on pokemon-oras This makes me think that this guy has created several accounts, each one has only asked a single question. He hasn't even upvoted or accepted an answer. ...
7 votes
1 answer

What to do with unruly users?

Earlier today, a new user posted a question about a Minecraft crash. Being a regular user, I made a couple of touch-ups, edited the title, removed unnecessary tags, etc. This was not received well. I ...
-10 votes
2 answers

Temporary users

I see a lot of new/temporary users coming and going through this site, often posting incomplete or nonsensical questions that just can't be answered for one reason or another, like this one. Now by ...
10 votes
3 answers

Do one-rep unregistered users contribute positively to Arqade?

It seems like it's a sure bet that if you see: n min Soandso 1 next to a question and Soandso is an unregistered user, the post Soandso made is either: spam, gibberish, a reply to an existing ...
12 votes
5 answers

On trivial questions from new users

Suppose a new user posts a question. You know that the answer can be easily answered if they just look it up (for the sake of argument, that's the only problem with the question). So you leave a ...
15 votes
1 answer

I seem to have painted a target on my back

So we've had a new user come through with some bad grammar and some poorly worded answers. No biggie, it happens. I edited 3-4 of his posts, noticed they were all from the same user and mentioned on ...
1 vote
1 answer

Should this question be protected?

This question, How do I make a lot of money efficiently? has 30k views, and two great answers, but is starting to attract a lot of one-liner/short answers from new users. There's nothing wrong with ...
0 votes
1 answer

Was there a spurt of new users associated with launch?

I know Webapps garnered quite a few new users in the few days site left beta. Is the same thing happening on gaming?
2 votes
4 answers

Plethora of non-answer answers

Recently I've noticed a lot of users posting answers that, well, aren't answers. Examples here, here, here, and here. All of these have already been commented on that they're not appropriate. Two ...