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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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Notifying the user when they are about to post a "give me the codez"-question

This is going to be difficult, since it doesn't fall within the generic realm of StackExchange - site-specific features. Instead I propose we create a generic question that has a please-do-this-for-...
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Recommendation for new users

Such etiquette has two main issues that I think render it useless before it makes it to the user's attention. First, we don't have an access gate before the site. So there is no way that they can ...
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"Welcome to TeX.SX!" might be misleading as such a website doesn't exist

I don't consider this an issue, since people who see that message are already on this site. The suggestion is not "Go to TeX.SX" or "Visit TeX.SX". As an aside: For those posting Welcome to TeX.SX!...
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How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?

What about adding an "I'm having that problem too" button? The button could disappear as soon as an answer is accepted. In the meantime, if a question has enough "I'm having that problem" votes (more ...
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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

The feature you're requesting already exists. When closing as Off Topic, you can add a custom reason if you feel that the default ones are not appropriate. In this case a comment is automatically ...
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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

Sometimes questions are closed right away, which is unfortunate. SE policy states that closing isn't closing right away, but putting the question on hold, i.e. pressing the pause button. If an ...
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Bug in how new user status is calculated

For the purpose of pretty much everything where it matters, a "new user" is anyone who doesn't have the remove new user restrictions privilege. If you have less than 10 reputation and post an answer ...
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Author unregistered

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Recommending deletion

For the conversion of a non-answer to a comment, flag the post for moderator attention and request a conversion. Note that 10K-users are able to view deleted posts and could flag them for conversion ...
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When flagging for close: Adding a reason

I heartily agree that close voters should give reasons, preferably in a comment so that the questioner is engaged in the process and not just informed of the result. Unfortunately, however, this ...
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Text building blocks

I suggest yet another addition that tries to encourage accepting an answer in case of "Thank you/problem solved"-comments to the answer. The above building blocks only deal with "Thank you"-answers ...
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Often referenced questions

Table formatting My table doesn't fit; what are my options? [My table doesn't fit; what are my options?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/332902) Error with square bracket in table [Error with ...
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New User posted a "question" in "Answer" Section which was deleted

The user in question will not see any notifications in their inbox, since their last visit to the site was more than 1 hour after the post was deleted (combination of 1 and 2 below): The only ...
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Indexing and Glossaries Generating External Files (Running makeindex/xindy): Index not created in pdf output, even though idx file is present [Index not created in pdf output, even though idx file ...
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Text building blocks

It might be useful to have a short comment explaining why users should not ignore error messages, I propose as first draft the following text -- please feel free to edit Please never ever ignore ...
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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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Text building blocks

Another common situation is that a question is actually answered by a comment while no other answer is given. So such questions are shown as unanswered (and distract people trying to answer actually ...
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How can we (and should we) help new users on pushing unanswered posts?

This is a noble initiative, but it is not sustainable since reputation is an earned attribute and it's not in everyone to just doll it out at the drop of a new user. Of course, some folks do, but the ...
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How to make an account?

As far as I understand it, the technique is to click on the "log in" link in the top bar: Then log in using the same credentials you used on the source site (where you should have an existing account)...
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Often referenced questions

Classes General Why should the minimal class be avoided? [Why should the minimal class be avoided?](https://tex.stackexchange.com/q/42114) Class options The article class ignores 14pt [The article ...
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Text building blocks

I have a suggestion in case of a question too early put in the Close Votes list: To the close-voters: wait a few days before closing: http://i.stack.imgur.com/KSSY4.png. Let's give the OP time to ...
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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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