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As pointed out by Mark Kirby, you can't effectively call on a particular user from a post they haven't yet commented on or edited, because an @user will not send them a notification. See this Meta Stack Exchange answer for details of when comment notifications are triggered. If you want to seek help from high rep users*, you can always find a few lurking in ...


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The true criterion To be honest, I rarely have the feeling that a user's level (of knowledge) is too low. I can't remember a single occasion actually. It is the intention with what people post their question(s) that possibly turns it into an annoying experience. If people accept your (our) offer to guide them through, and intend to learn, level zero is good ...


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Improving poor answers is what typically makes high rep users out of low rep users. I look closely at any and all critical comments and determine a course of action based on what's said. Often this leads to an edit to improve the clarity or cover additional information. Sometimes the comment provides additional info that prompts me to point the one leaving ...


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This happens quite often. If I'm not wrong, the system automatically flags identical posts, so it's likely to be looked into by mods. In my opinion, there's no automatic conclusion to be drawn. Often, if the same answer works for multiple questions they should really be closed as duplicates, and the new user, who I assume is acting in good faith, should ...


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Were these simplest of the simplest answers that got a lot of votes posted for questions that made it to the Hot Network Questions list? It's a common enough event that simple answers to HNQs get massively upvoted because $RANDOM_USER from $RANDOM_OTHER_SE_SITE sees it and upvotes it. Why do some very simple questions get lots of upvotes? As for high-rep ...


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Another solution - If you see an new user with a good question, upvote it. We, the community, can solve the problem very easily, no need to force users to read FAQ or change the way the site works, we just need to be kinder to new users with our upvotes.


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If their username contained profanity or explicit content (yes, this has happened before with other users) then indeed it should be flagged. But the name of a viral disease? Should we ban "flu" then?


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"What have you tried" has been misused previously I think what you are discussing in your Q is the "what have you tried" philosophy. Which I agree with, mostly. The problem is that such a statement has been widely over-used in the past: Along with the good, comes some bad -- as usual in life. These comments are bad when Posting "...


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If you feel that your suggested edit was wrongly rejected, it is usually a good idea to submit it again. Unfortunately, as you know, the suggested edit review queue gives reviewers very little scope for providing feedback to edit suggesters (and even the paltry feedback that can be given in cases where edits are rejected is unlikely to be seen since no ...


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I don't understand how you can say... I understand that there is simply too many different variables that could go wrong to cover every single possible error ... And still expect a self-contained guide that covers everything. An unbootable Ubuntu install can be caused by so many different things, each with very different recovery paths. Putting all of ...


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I have posted what I considered well-founded, well-researched answers that gathered not one point. I have posted two line answers that I considered trivial that got many points. AU giveth and AU taketh away. Although reputation points are nice validation, I believe that if we answer in order to help rather than to gather points, the points will come to us ...


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The question got a lot of views quickly and then was automatically protected after three none answers were posted by 1 rep users. As this happened ages ago (Aug 5th), I have unprotected the question and now 1 rep users can answer it again, consider contacting the user you mention in this post if you can. There are no reviews for protected questions, ...


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I think the reputation and voting are a fair solution to your concern. Either a person adapts and learns or they leave frustrated and not post more. There are so many factors that are masked from view when posting in a forum, really only the question remains with some hints of experience, maturity, and possibly drive of the author. I am new to this forum ...


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Even if the name were something silly, like Bob The Builder, we would still have no right as mods to go and change it or even to ask the person to the change it. So long as it is nothing offensive or profane, we really have no reason to bother anyone over a name.


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High-rep users are more likely to be longer around and much more likely to answer the easy questions that many users run into and thus get more attention and upvotes. Well-researched answers are often solutions to intricate problems that get much less attention and thus less upvotes.


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-6 and no answers, I'm no expert or mod, but here are my musings on why links are allowed by new users. It is simply the lesser evil in the situation, we need some way for them to give us screen shots (you can imagine what horrors could pop up if anyone could post a screen shot), also what about things like bug reports or sys logs? We need to see these to ...


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This already happens at Stack Overflow (see New users required to take a tutorial on how the site works) and it doesn't prevent a truckload of crappy questions being posted on a daily basis. AFAIK, the reasoning is that Stack Exchange lives of the traffic -and of actual visitors using the sites- and raising the bar or putting obstacles is considered ...


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The proper course here is to flag the answer as "Not an Answer" because, well, it's not an answer. This is necessary to keep the site clean. If we let one person's "question" answer stay then we have to let everyone's question answers stay. As you can see, I tried to help the OP out while waiting for the deletion on the off-chance he saw ...


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Very short answers with links to other posts in them get counted as "trivial". They're almost always signposts. And while you might call this a loophole, it's not a very useful loophole for bad people. There is also a mechanism to manually convert answers to comments. Is this an acceptable way to circumvent that restriction? Well hacking the automated ...


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I think the tour page is really designed for those who are very new to the Stack Exchange network. It's a 2 minute overview of our USPs but doesn't really go into much detail... So yeah, I think it's expected that if people want to know what we're about as a site, they'll view the tour first. It's in the real help page for editing where you find out when ...


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No. I understand your point about how users think of this as a forum, but there are efforts being made. It isn't that big of a deal to click "close" and type two sentences as a comment (if there is none already). Heck, you can even have a list of possible comments to add. Also, what if I had the question Difference between gksudo and sudo, why ...


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I do believe we have a lot of questioners that do not take the time to do a simple search of their problem. Too many time I have just searched the original question and posted back a link to the answer, it took me less than a minute to find the answer, something the questioner could have done themselves. But in the end, I have to think of the end game, and ...


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If what you have to say seems like a good and complete answer to the original question, then it is an answer (others will up- or down-vote it depending upon whether they agree with this assessment). If what you have to say is about the question, or is a relevant detail that could be part of an answer, then it is a comment (e.g. the observation that *.SE is ...


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I have edited the answer from the new question into the stub answer posted by the OP and merged the new question into the old one which moved the answer there. I should probably have noticed that the question got protected last time it got a new NAA (because it was me who deleted it) and unprotected it, because the first two answers posted were by the same ...


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I am afraid the question was discussed already in many ways. Many solutions were proposed and many were shot down for good reasons. The conclusions were always simple: No one else but OP can decide if a solution is valid for OP. Since OP is not the only one to vote on an answer, the problem is relatively small. Sooner or later, a good answer will find its "...


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It's always difficult to find the yellow brick road when dealing with any group of humans! ;-) Most users are decent and nearly all mean well. You're such an example as otherwise you wouldn't be asking this question... The system is not perfect, but most users understand that by the time they have 20 rep that this site is a bit different from the ...


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If you head to the last page (irrespective of the sorting applied), it's reasonably obvious it refers to users created in the last 45 days.


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They're third party. Look at the src URL of one. Here's muru's: https://www.gravatar.com/avatar/0ce9def9898b5e9e0339ccc26c57ae94?s=48&d=identicon&r=PG The jumble there is an MD5 hash of the user's email (failing back to network ID if no email set). This can be overridden by the profile image. These are uploaded to Imgur (like other images here are)...


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