Questions tagged [new-users]
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An appeal to low rep users!
Please don't just delete your answers because you got negative feedback, improve them. This has happened to me a few times recently, I have left a comment on an answer asking the OP to improve the ...
If you're having a repeat problem with a user…
... Bring it to the mods' attention. Don't take on the user multiple times. We've had a few separate instances over the last couple of months where higher-reputation users have actively (or passively) ...
How to handle users that ask a question, and never come back?
Is there any set way to handle users, that answer a question. See the answer, and not do anything about it? Never come back? Example 1: User joins. Asks a question at 8pm. The answer is given at 8....
Is it OK if I call on a high reputation user on part of my answer if it seems difficult from that point?
I have an answer on which the new user who posted the question requires further help though they have accepted the answer... But it turns out I am short of some knowledge in the case. Can I, for ...
Comments in the answer section from new users
This addresses all the new users out there: Every day here I see new users commenting in the answer section and saying things like I don't have the rep to comment but.... It seems redundant that ...
What do we do with users who don't want to learn?
I read a great article (I don't remember the URI) where it talk about those evil users that are in any forums or Q&A site. Sometimes we see a new user that need help but at a very low level. We ...
Can we create a "template question"
Some users (especially first time users) ask completely rubbish questions, such as https://askubuntu.com/questions/486830/wi-fi-on-ubuntu-14-04-hp-g70-laptop, they say "unfortunately wi-fi is not ...
High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts
I have seen that sometimes, users with a relatively high reputation get a large number of upvotes on simplest of the simplest answers. However, the answer will not have so much value that it shows a ...
Why don't we improve the design of the link to the about page?
I'm a user of Ask Ubuntu for more than 11 months, and just today I noticed the about page. To be honest, I didn't think that such great content would be in such a little link. This page is very ...
Please consider leaving feedback on votes for new users [duplicate]
I came across this question where two new users had answered and both of them got downvoted. Now I get why not everyone comments on their votes but I really think if you are dealing with rep 1 users ...
What to do with copy-pasted answers by a new user?
Just now I've opened the main page of the site, and see that a new user has copy-pasted effectively the same text to 3 posts (last two of which are apparently duplicates of each other, since the ...
Can you lose the right to ask a question?
I have a really random question. When somebody starts using Ask Ubuntu, they start with 1 reputation. According to the "privileges" page, you must have at least 1 reputation to create a post. If, for ...
How can we ensure that first timers are not given the wrong impression
I have seen many times people being down voted for doing something wrong. For example posting an answer that really should have been a comment. Or posting an answer in the style of a forum thread ...
Are new users banned from answering "highly active questions"?
This question was asked on July 1: Ubuntu 20.04 on a new Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 is not detecting my second monitor through HDMI Today, a new user with 1 reputation attempted to provide an answer to ...
Conflicting information on how to treat duplicate questions
When I found a duplicate question recently, I noticed some conflicting information on how new users like myself should handle such. On Privileges - Cast Close and Reopen Votes it says that: If ...
What happens to inactive users' questions?
What should be do with the users' questions that are inactive from a long time ago? This question is from this user how posted one question in February and after that never came back. What I'm ...
Does this one-rep answer to a one-rep question seem odd to anyone?
This question doesn't ask about a worm or malware infection outside the title, seems to be hardly a question at all. It's from a one-rep user (still, six weeks after it was posted). Today, it has a ...
The Asker or the Answerer?
When people come to this site, they seek help, and I acknowledge that. Now however, it is time to question how much they need to know before they come asking for help. I was scrolling through earlier ...
Would adding a beginners section to this site make it easier to use?
I have been using Ask for a while now, but have noticed a problem, there are many spam questions, if you will. To clarify my meaning if you search the site for things like "how to burn a live CD" or "...
Are new users properly introduced to the site when signing up?
Is it only me, or has there been a large influx of new users this year, who seemingly haven't understood what differentiates a SE Q&A site from a forum? This leads me to think if the mandatory ...
Require/Suggest "Informed" badge for asking questions?
I was thinking about it after having had some harsh answer to some comment or edit of a question. There are a lot of questions from new users (and some answer) that shows that the user has not really ...
Mentor program for Ask Ubuntu(Read: StackExchange)
Is there a possibility of creating a mentor program where an experienced user helps one or two specific users to get used to the site and its operations? When I had signed up, the complex reputation ...
Is Ask Ubuntu really about solving problems?
For a new user, the freedom that Ubuntu affords is really liberating. However, the user soon finds himself or herself running into different kinds of problems – which is but natural for any new user. ...
2 year old user is a new contributor?
Just saw this: a 1400 rep new user? Wow! He's learning fast until I clicked his profile and he's a 2 YO user? Bug?
How should I paste from my terminal?
I am aware of the editing help topic, but I'm still not sure how I am supposed to format the text I copy/pasted from my terminal. I want to be able to share these details from my terminal and I want ...
Should I flag items for deletion when this is a method of communicating with the user?
I've recently been given review privileges for new users. Occasionally, some of them make the mistake of posting answers when they shouldn't, such as here, where the user asks for clarification on ...
New Users - Trivial Answer Converted to Comment
In this post I answered with a short question and it turned into a comment. I don't have enough rep to comment, but is this an acceptable way to circumvent that restriction? Or is this a mistake on ...
Incorrect new user text box
Q: What is Ubuntu? A: Apparently, Ubuntu is a collaboratively edited question and answer site for people who love Ubuntu. I think Canonical may not approve of that assessment ;). Don't know if this ...
How to deal with 404 error questions? (repository/installation related)
As 18.04 is relatively new, not all repositories (including PPAs) are releasing their packages for Bionic. Still, there are constantly questions regarding 404 error while trying to install package(s) ...
"You can only post once every 20 minutes."
Why can I only post once every 20 minutes? I have not posted a question in that last twenty minutes, I've only posted one answer. Does this rule apply to all users or just new users? At a minimum the ...
Are user-contributed hyperlinks always nofollow?
I learned (from Jorge Castro) that links on Ask Ubuntu are nofollow. Thus linking to some page (say, spam) in a post here doesn't increase that page's rank in search engines. Is this the case for ...
What is stands for "New User"?
What is the criteria or parameter for a user to change from New User. Number of days or Reputation.If so how many days or how much reputation? Note: I'm not asking about privileges or Restrictions ...
Which new-user restrictions do more harm than good?
Are some of the new-user restrictions counter productive? If so, which. My example: Until I had +50 rep, I could not post comments on answers. Instead, when I had something important to say, I had to ...
When should I answer and when should I comment?
I enjoy helping out on this forum. Recently I have become more active in that. Can someone tell me when I should comment and when I should answer? How do you know which one to use? In the answer ...
Push users through the Tour as part of onboarding
Recently, this post came up on Meta, and they brought up a good point (paraphrased): I should have read the tour, but i couldn't even find it or even know that one existed. When you ask for help, ...
Should we have a "Culture Tour"?
The Welcome Tour takes new users through the mechanics of the SE sites. Should we have an additional tour that explains key behaviours that are expected of the AskUbuntu community? Things like: (...
Can we get a better quality question for grub-rescue-error-unknown-filesystem
In doing some reviews, I came across a user who had this error issue, and was asking about a grub-rescue-error-unknown-filesystem issue. I figured I would mark it as a duplicate, being a common issue, ...
How does SE generate profile pictures for new users?
When a new user joins the site a profile picture is automatically generated for them, how is this image generated? And does SE do it, or a third-party application?
How can we instruct new users to change their display names?
I love this community, and I want to help the new users here, so I pose this question in earnest: I was a new user just about a month ago, and I've gotten used to taking the criticism here with a ...
Should there be a forced style of question? [duplicate]
Note that all I state/ask in this discussion is referring to the style guide located here. As more new users have problems with Ubuntu or XUbuntu, and they come to AskUbuntu for help, there are more ...
Help with newbie rogue user
I was just reviewing late answers when this post from this user was brought to my attention. At first it thought there is just a problem with his full-quote of the question. Then I saw that he copy/...
Should I re-suggest edits that I feel were wrongly rejected from the review queue?
Opening remarks: I have recently joined this community and decided to contribute by reviewing all php and regex tagged pages. I have been looking for ways to earn some points by posting answers to ...
Anchors in tour page
In multiple cases with new comers, I have difficulties to mention how to use that small edit button (link). So, is possible to have some anchors in tour page. To easy use like pointing user to the ...
Can a new-user comment and answer? Is a feedback to an answer allowed to be posted as an answer?
I have a question about my Ask Ubuntu post: How do I get the grub menu to show on a MacBook? My post was not an answer but a comment, not sure if that's the reason because has been deleted. I can't ...
Can anonymous users post?
I know this is the case on some sites, but is it on this one? Can anonymous users (users who do not have an account) post?
New accounts being created for just a question.?
I have recently encountered a lot of questions by new users that create an account only for that particular question of theirs. What is annoying is the fact that these users leave the question ...
Why not moderate questions from new users before making them visible on site?
I had suggested before also that questions from new users should not be posted directly on the site rather they should be moderated first and they should be visible to only users with high reputation (...
Want to improve this question? Update the question so it focuses on one problem only by editing this post
Responding to that invitation, I revised this question: Hi I'm new to ubuntu world. I have few questions about the software installation in ubuntu: What's the difference between installing a ...
Why is there no central resource for fixing installations [closed]
I have been trying to fix my Kubuntu 14.04 installation for the past two days now. I have found that there is generally very little self-contained help/guides/tutorials available. While there is an ...
How often do questions get answered?
To all those newbies of Ubuntu, does your query get solved in most easy steps? Most of the time, I have seen questions are either left unanswered or are linked to duplicate questions in comments. ...