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Should we add a definition of a good answer to the tour?

New users often post uncomplete/chatty answers. Here's a typical comment to such an answer: Welcome to the site! Please take the tour when you get the chance. It's important to note that we're not a ...
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Can a new user answer to comments under their own question?

As far as I know you need at least 50 reputation to posts comments on SE. Is it true for commenting your own questions? I thought it was, until I saw a comment to a new user's question: ask us here ...
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What to do when a new user creates a second account to edit "their" question?

Recently, I was involved with a question (now deleted, 10k only) where the original user, "Jason", made a second account, "Jason", and tried to edit "their" question. It was pretty obvious that it was ...
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When is it OK to assume the system without it being considered a guess?

This question was asked by a new user today. The terminology is clearly referring to D&D 5e, and they even link a related 5e Q&A. However, I still proceeded to ask the user that we cannot ...
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Can we add a "please tag your system" on-hold message? [duplicate]

This question has a common problem where a new user is unfamiliar with the requirement to tag questions with the correct rules system (e.g. dnd-5e). The question was put on hold, but with the generic "...
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How to handle this new user accidentally making multiple accounts and suggesting edits to their own question?

I just improved an edit from the suggested edits queue and I am trying to work out if I did the right thing. The original question is by a new user with 1 reputation. It was closed by Rubiksmoose ...
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What's our policy on editing "Thanks" from new questions?

I seem to remember seeing a meta or just other people commenting that there's no need to "sign" a question, such as if I, as a new user, had asked a new question saying: Hi RPG.SE, ...
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You can help new users identify their D&D edition!

As most of our established users have learned, we have a strict tagging policy requiring the asker to specify the game system when asking a question in most cases. In games with substantial changes ...
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How to improve/maintain the quality-of-life of small fandoms in the face of a dominant big fandom on an open Stack Exchange?

Back when I joined RPGSE, I of course noticed how big the D&D demographic is here. And at first I thought, 'Hey, I can just Ignore all the AD&D tags and Watch tags of my games and everyone has ...
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What to do about a new user repeatedly posting poor questions?

In the last few days I've noticed a new user has posted ~5 questions; most are of poor quality, showing little to no research. Some of the questions have been flagged as too broad or unclear, but not ...
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How to ask a country-specific version of a more general question?

I have a question about my Role-playing Games Stack Exchange post: How to find a tabletop RPG group open to newbies? My question is similar to this one : Where can I find other RPG players? I tried ...
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Should a new user be welcomed before the new user's question is closed?

Recently, I was fifteen seconds into a welcome comment on a new user's first question on which no comments had been made when the question was closed—without comment—as a duplicate. I posted my ...
Hey I Can Chan's user avatar
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How can we effectively measure user retention?

I'd like to see an answer on the 2018 community survey about user retention, as it's clearly an important issue. Unfortunately, I'm unfamiliar with (or lack access to?) the various tools to put one ...
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How can we solve a problem of newcomers getting unexplained downvotes?

Newcomers don't know all the rules. Even if they have read all the rules and have all good intentions, it is very hard to understand the SE philosophy by the first grasp because of how special this ...
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How can I help a new user reformulate their first question?

How does one help a new user reformulate their first question, when the question needs serious work, when they have no reputation? The question Do I just suck as a DM? Players are too powerful! was ...
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The site's availability to newcomers seems startlingly low

I'm new to this site and to RPG Stackexchange where I have been spending my time so far. I only have a moderate experience with DND and most of my friends have none. I've been looking for a reliable ...
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Question "On Hold" but its already been answered, Negative votes on new user posts, And general Shin kicking

Now this is a small rant of mine but since I'm a new user I'm guaranteed to get maybe -1 or -2 on this post but here I go. now this is related to New User Experience: Why allow downvotes (esp. below ...
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Can we improve the way we treat newcomers?

Lately, I'm encountering the following situation more and more often (at least three times this week): A relatively new user (rep of less than 150, sometimes rep of 1 [ = first post ever]) asks a ...
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New User Experience: Why allow downvotes (esp. below 0) on already closed questions?

So - most [closed] questions are posted by new users. But experienced users continue to "pile on" and -1 vote them, even after they are closed! What gives? As far as I can see this: This ...
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Users without enough rep to comment leaving comment "answers" or duplicating questions? [duplicate]

On this answer I see a dilemma. The new user lacks the rep to comment. But we don't support duplicate questions. Their answer clearly is not an answer, but... What should we instruct users like this ...
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Handling new users with bad answers

When I see answers like this - low-rep users with uncommented downvotes, I try to address them with a comment. It's my way of trying to gentle the slap in the face from the downvote. A downvote ...
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How to handle new users with bad grammar

I've just edited a post which was, in my opinion, quite a mess to read - https://rpg.stackexchange.com/a/18590/1381 For a moment I considered asking in the comment to "use a spellchecker and ...
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How do you handle comments from users without enough rep to comment?

In the case that a new user has a salient comment to make that is not an answer, but has not the ability to comment, is an answer a viable alternative? Ref: Can I see through an open doorway?
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What is the correct way to treat new users of the site?

The reason I posted the https://rpg.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/1590/then-dd-is-not-the-game-for-you question rather than as a comment, or flag on the comment as I saw this as indicative of a ...
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Site FAQ Attempt #2 [closed]

So it recently came up on Site approachability that our FAQ comes off as a little ... "get off my lawn". So, how can we make it better? What should be added? What should be removed? What's good the ...
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Site approachability

I just had the following conversation with a friend of mine, summarizing him grumbling about RPG.SE not being very useful to him. Mikhail: Being a total stranger to the resource, i come there, and ...
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