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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

Maybe a more lively tutorial can work. Dynamic version: Static version: Code: \documentclass{beamer} \usepackage{lmodern} \usepackage{graphics} \usepackage{ellipsis} \usepackage{csquotes} \...
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Should we "educate" (new) users by not answering until...?

Personally I think you should only ask for a MWE if the presence of an MWE would help you to answer the question. A MWE almost always helps even if only to avoid the answerer having to write some ...
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Should we "educate" (new) users by not answering until...?

I completely disagree with the proposition that we should refrain from answering questions in order to educate new users. I simply don't think it's my job to educate new users about how to ask ...
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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

I think discouraging newbies is a bad idea - we were all newbies once. If I'd faced a test before being allowed my first post I'd probably have gone away (and never known enough to regret that choice)...
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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

The question to be asked is why you are so frustrated. Past first page you wouldn't even see new questions. There is a tendency in the residents; a bit of "come on ask me an interesting question" ...
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Should we "educate" (new) users by not answering until...?

I would like to tell you what happened to me some time ago. In the beginning, I answered also questions without MWE. One day I answered telling the OP: "Next time, please add an MWE" and he promised ...
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New User posted a "question" in "Answer" Section which was deleted

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Should we "educate" (new) users by not answering until...?

I once made very bad experiences with a specific user. I asked that particular one several times to post an MWE and he never did. In the end I posted a longish comment that I will never answer any ...
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Proposal: can we add a tutorial+admission test for new users?

There's a shared sentiment here that while we want to help guide users to write better questions, we don't want to create a system that becomes a discouraging wall or obstacle to a new user. As has ...
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Should we "educate" (new) users by not answering until...?

No, I don't think that they should be some automatism here. When I decide if I want to try to answer a question a lot of factors are involved: my free time, does the question look interesting, do I ...
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Why can't I upvote posts when my account is new?

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