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Is it OK if I call on a high reputation user on part of my answer if it seems difficult from that point?

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 ...
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The Asker or the Answerer?

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 ...
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An appeal to low rep users!

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 ...
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What to do with copy-pasted answers by a new user?

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. ...
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High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts

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 ...
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Comments in the answer section from new users

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 ...
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Can we change this user's name?

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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The Asker or the Answerer?

"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 ...
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Should I re-suggest edits that I feel were wrongly rejected from the review queue?

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 ...
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Why is there no central resource for fixing installations

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 ...
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High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts

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 ...
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High Votes on High Rep Users' Posts

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 ...
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Are new users banned from answering "highly active questions"?

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 ...
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Can we change this user's name?

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 ...
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The Asker or the Answerer?

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 ...
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Why are new users allowed to post links?

-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 ...
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New Users - Trivial Answer Converted to Comment

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....
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If you're having a repeat problem with a user…

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Want to improve this question? Update the question so it focuses on one problem only by editing this post

I am not from this community, but I’m active enough on stack exchange in general that I believe I can answer this correctly. Addressing the question and why it was closed. The question: Hi I'm new to ...
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The Asker or the Answerer?

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 ...
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Can we create a "template question"

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 ...
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When should I answer and when should I comment?

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). ...
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Are new users banned from answering "highly active questions"?

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 ...
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Why not moderate questions from new users before making them visible on site?

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 ...
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Can we create a "template question"

I am new (to Linux, Ubuntu, and this site), and I think this is a fantastic idea. I feel like I don't know enough about some things to give enough detail in my questions. This would help guide all of ...
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New accounts being created for just a question.?

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 ...
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What is stands for "New User"?

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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How does SE generate profile pictures for new users?

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 ...
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Push users through the Tour as part of onboarding

I'd go for the option of having a banner that reminds the user. By "banner" I mean a bar at the top like that one that appears to tell people that the site is about to go into read only mode for ...
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