Questions tagged [new-users]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
30 votes
5 answers

Why are most new questions being downvoted?

I was scrolling through the list of newest asked questions and noticed that only 3 out of 15 had non-negative votes for the question. Is this just an anomaly or is the quality of the average question ...
WilliamKF's user avatar
  • 641
17 votes
5 answers

Extraordinary spike in low-quality questions by 1 rep users

I can't keep up with them, the brand new users who have 1 rep. There's too many, they're swarming the site and often their questions consist of one or two lines with no context. All the following ...
Mari-Lou A's user avatar
  • 91.3k
21 votes
8 answers

Repository of polite responses

Several folks have noted that ELU regulars have a predilection towards snobbery and are perceived as generally unwelcoming to new users. I realized today that I'm guilty of this, and I haven't even ...
18 votes
2 answers

We need a site specific message for our advice page

One of the problems that keeps coming up is that many first time users of the site ask questions that are either better suited for English Language Learners don't have enough information for us to ...
Matt E. Эллен's user avatar
14 votes
5 answers

I am worried about being off-topic

Today is the second time I had an "English Language" question and visited this forum based on the result of a Google Internet search using a query such as: "proper use of the word _______" Both ...
Joe Coletta's user avatar
10 votes
6 answers

Becoming more welcoming to new users, how?

TL;DR: how to address low-quality posts by new-users without being a jerk or otherwise scaring them away? Introduction I'm writing this question after reading this Stack Overflow blog on the need to ...
JJJ's user avatar
  • 7,148
5 votes
6 answers

Are low quality questions and answers here to stay?

For a number of reasons the number of new users who post low quality questions or answers does not appear to be flagging by any measure. This issue had often generated stress among users who rightly ...
user avatar
11 votes
2 answers

Hoop-jumping for new users: multiple choice quiz!

Josh61's idea caused me to have my own idea for how we (try to) stop new users posting low quality questions: compulsory multiple choice quiz! It's very easy for anyone to ignore the guidance on the ...
AndyT's user avatar
  • 14.8k
8 votes
5 answers

How can we improve the introduction of new chat users to EL&U chat "culture" and features?

When I recently first visited the English Language and Usage chat room, I arrived with many erroneous expectations. I presumed that the EL&U chat room would center on English language discussion, ...
Ted Broda's user avatar
  • 1,801
-10 votes
3 answers

Is "english stackexchange" full of downvoting trolls?

I asked two valid legit writing-related questions and they got sufficient downvotes to prevent me from asking any more questions. Is this place usually so maliciously hostile? Hope someone is capable ...
Upettydownvotingtrolls's user avatar