# Standard New User Welcome Messages

What is the best message to notify a new user with an issue with their post (via a comment) while posting a(n)...

1. Challenge (unclear specs/questionable)
2. Challenge (duplicate)
3. Challenge (off-topic)
• Do you mean what to say in a comment notifying the user of an issue with their post? – Alex A. Oct 30 '15 at 0:00
• @AlexA. Yes. I'll specify that. – GamrCorps Oct 30 '15 at 0:00

I always start by welcoming the new user. It's best to make users feel welcome in the community and not to sound hostile. I also always recommend the Sandbox (especially now that there's no rep limit).

For specific issues:

• Unclear

Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! This challenge could use a bit of clarification. For example, (insert specific issues here). I recommend posting future challenges to the [Sandbox](http://meta.codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/2140/sandbox-for-proposed-challenges) where they can get meaningful feedback before being posted to the main site.

• Duplicate

Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! Unfortunately this challenge is too similar to [Challenge Name](link to existing challenge) to warrant a separate post. I recommend posting future challenges to the [Sandbox](http://meta.codegolf.stackexchange.com/questions/2140/sandbox-for-proposed-challenges) where they can get meaningful feedback before being posted to the main site.

• Off-topic

Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! This site is for programming competitions, not for general programming questions. For those you can try [Stack Overflow|Super User|Other SE Site](link), but make sure to check out their Help Center first to ensure your question is on topic. Thanks!

Welcome to Code Golf and Coding Challenges! This doesn't quite meet the requirements of the challenge since [specific issues]. OR Submissions on this site must [specific issue with link to meta].

• I suppose a default text specifically for ungolfed answers would come in handy. I'll see if I can write one up later. – Martin Ender Oct 30 '15 at 13:27
• @MartinBüttner That would be great! I can make this CW if you think that'd be best. – Alex A. Oct 30 '15 at 18:30