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Questions tagged [new-users]

For questions related to guiding new users and helping them get accustomed to PPCG.

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If there is “a winner for every language” in a code golf challenge, does competitiveness matter?

The consistent attitude with regard to the golf language situation is that for every challenge, each language is a category, and subsequently there is a 'winner' for each language. This is also a very ...
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What should we do to avoid programming help questions?

A common mistake new users seem to make is posting questions (like this) asking about general programming help which are better suited in StackOverflow. While these questions are being closed, I don't ...
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The view from a newcomer (or an unwary traveller)

I had a small programming problem, Checking a file contains only null bytes. Having chanced on PPCG a few days before, I thought this could be an interesting place to see various ways someone might go ...
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Newbie question about voting

Voting while participating As it's a contest it doesn't make sense to vote for other answers - does it? Should I vote for the puzzle? Isn't the participation already a vote? Voting while not ...
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Don't downvote off topic posts into oblivion

Related Occasionally, PPCG gets an off-topic post or two. Usually, these are closed fairly quickly, and the user is informed that this isn't what this site is about. The majority of the time, the ...
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Finding questions to answer

I joined PPCG a while ago, and made a few posts, but didn't do much. I find that I have an interesting question that doesn't already have several answers. If I go to the "active" section, most of the ...
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We should make a list of 'basic', 'moderate', and 'expert' challenges

Somewhat related to this question on creating tags regarding difficulty To any duplicate/down voters, see this commment When I first came to this site, I had no idea on how anything worked, and I ...
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Getting Started

I've been lurking for quite a while and have realized (after a technical interview) that I'm really out of practice solving problems like what is here. Is there a language that you recommend I start ...
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What to do about a user excessively posting useless comments?

A user (who's not particularly new, yet I'd never noticed him until about a week ago) has been posting excessive comments. I don't mean excessive comments like mine here, I mean excessive comments ...
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I'm new to code golf, what are some things I should know?

I've never done code golf before, but it looks fun. I have some questions though. Should I learn some golfing languages, or just try some challenges out with the languages I know? (I know C# and ...
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Lower the rep required to chat

I suggest we lower the rep required to chat to 1. This way we can help new users understand the site instead of having them "crash and burn" on main with a invalid or non-golfed submission or an ...
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What is happening to PPCG?

Hi Guys & Gals and fellow golfers. I just want to ask a question and hopefully get some meaningful answers. I am a relative newbie on PPCG with a rep of only around 2.5k. That suits me but I am ...
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What are the PPCG specific abbreviations and terms?

Newcomers to PPCG are often compelled to ask what many of our abbreviations and terms mean. Let us list them here so this information always will be easily available.
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New users' guides to golfing rules in specific languages

What are the most important rules a first-time golfer in a given language should know? For instance, how do golfed programs usually take input and output? Each language should have a single CW answer ...
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A proposal to combat Meta Bloat™: The Big Consensus Freeze

I believe it's a widely acknowledged problem in this community that the number of meta posts a new user needs to know to figure out all the rules has long got out of hand. We require certain answer ...
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“Be Nice” applies to off-topic questions too

For whatever reason, PPCG tends to get a lot of off-topic questions, generally about code-troubleshooting. Maybe it's because our help-center is inaccurate. Or maybe it's simply because we're a large-...
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Can the “How to Answer” pop-up disregard the association bonus?

We now have a custom “How to Answer” pop-up (yay!). However, this pop-up isn't shown to users who come here with the association bonus from other SE sites. In general, this behaviour makes sense: the ...
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When should challenges be protected?

Users with 3,500 rep (or 15,000 if when we get a site-design) can protect challenges. This makes it so that users who have not earned 10 rep on the site can not answer. As a user with this privilege, ...
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How can we attract experienced golfers?

There are people who have already been golfing for a while on other golfing sites, language-specific forums, local groups, and so on. I think we'd benefit a lot from having them here to contribute ...
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New users golfing code

The last two Suggested Edit reviews I have reviewed, they were easy rejects. Both were from a new user (the same), and both were golfing/"fixing" the code. I admit to have done this before, but a ...
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Unspoken challenge rules

The barrier for entry for new users to write challenges is too high. I think there's a problem with how we are closing challenges. There are only two reasons we can close a challenge as "off-topic": ...
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Should we have a “Welcome to PPCG” new user post?

I recently notices that Tex.SE has a Welcome to Tex.SX! meta post. In it, it describes what the site is and how to use it. It also includes information on the scope. I think this would be a good ...
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Rep requirement for asking

There's always some question or another on hold with a few downvotes on main, and they are usually created by users with 1 reputation. So if there was a small reputation requirement (eg 10) for making ...
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Can we get a custom Tour page?

This feature request is related to PPCG not being a Q&A site. The most important part of the onboarding experience for new users (especially those who don't arrive via other sites from the ...
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On downvoting questions of users not in the know

Recently, I encountered this question where a user had posted a challenge to make an ArrayList and manipulate it in certain ways, very basically. This poster obviously did not understand the site, ...
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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)... Challenge (unclear specs/questionable) Challenge (duplicate) Challenge (off-topic) ...
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Is there simple example or demo to show how to play with this community?

I read questions at this community for while and feel they are funny:) But I really don't know what the questions are playing with, especially the meaning behind the title:( I have no idea what they ...
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Are newbies allowed to write programs in golf languages?

I'm afraid that languages like CJam are reserved for pro golfers. I think about that because I get the impression that answers in languages like CJam just need to be accepted.
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Should we remove the reputation requirement for answering on meta?

I've been made aware that it's possible to lower the reputation threshold required to ask or answer questions on a per-site meta. A very common complaint about the sandbox is that new users, who are ...
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Let's customise the “How to Answer” pop-up

It was recently suggested in a comment to point at our standard loopholes (and potentially other implicit community rules) next to the Answer text area (similar to the How to ask? sidebar when writing ...
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Should we add more warnings/notifications before letting a new user post?

I believe we've come to the point where 25-50% of the questions posted are posted by new users and almost always do not follow the rules (duplicate, no winning condition). Whenever you look at the ...
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The new user dilemma

Related: How can new users use the sandbox? I have been seeing a LOT of questions lately that seem to follow the same general pattern: Posted by a new user Have a generally difficult or non-...
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What should you do in cases where you've got answers, but others think that the question is not a challenge?

See, for example, a question I asked earlier: Write the shortest code to generate a random number between 1 and x. @Oberon said "I'm not a downvoter, but maybe it's because the question isn't much of ...
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My question (calculate all the squares up to x using only addition and subtraction) has being closed as a duplicate

I'm quite new to Programming Puzzles & Code Golf, and my question Calculate all the squares up to x using only addition and subtraction has been closed as a duplicate, who say it's a duplicate of ...
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How can new users use the Sandbox?

Related: How are new users supposed to participate on this site? In most StackExchange sites, new users are encouraged to ask questions. On this site, we encourage running questions through the ...