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We should be more careful when down voting first posts as questions. When a new user comes to the site with a question, no matter how simple, there should be some degree of welcoming. Answers are a different proposition entirely. Any low quality answer can and should be down voted. For a new user add a comment explaining what is wrong with their answer; ...


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< sarcasm> You must be new to this site. While answering your own questions is perfectly valid and totally encouraged, please do so using the answer section. < /sarcasm> Nice post, joking aside I feel you have already self-answered this quite well in your own question. At some point I started following a tip someone casually gave (I can't remember ...


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When should we be asking question askers for blend files? Sparingly, only when necessary. I very much agree with the question, and have had and stated this position for years. To quote from this answer: There should not be such an emphasize on "the blend." Granted, blends are immensely useful, and help get questions answered quickly. Yet there is ...


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What you are asking for is a double edged sword. You are basically asking to babysit new users, which takes more energy from the curators of the site. Not every curator has that or is willing to do that long-term. This might drive curators off the site (which is happening). You might get more new users reach their solution, but also drive other users off the ...


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I mostly agree with David, but I though I'd add a few more points. Downvotes are a vital part of the site. Even through they can seem unfriendly, they are important for separating low quality content from useful information. So in general, I don't think new users should be given any special treatment other than a friendly welcome. However, I think some ...


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This flag doesn't mean that the user is a "Contributor to the Code of Conduct". It means that this user is new to the site and thus should be treated in a more welcoming manner in accordance with the Code of Conduct. In fact, you are a new contributor to this site and other users will see this flag on you for some time. This flag is visible for a week ...


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I think the site does not yet acknowledge the massive differences in Blender awareness between new users and people with 100+ reputation (to pick a reasonable value is hard). I also think you have a point if you're saying there should some kind of in-text-box message for the first few questions of an account, a checklist as you say. Weclome! We notice you ...


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While it is a good idea that could work rather well for our site, no it is currently not possible. This was suggested on the meta a year ago: Can meta-style 'required tags' be implemented on non-meta sites? Beyond required tags, there is definitely no way to force a user to add their render engine (or anything else) to the body or title of their ...


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