Due to the launch of the new Star Wars movie we have an influx of newcomers. There are many posts from 1 rep users offering answers of varying quality.
Some of them has no idea what scifi SE is about. For example, answering to Why did Luke call the lightsaber by a different name?, one answer was
It's just a story. One of the script writers decided to call it a Laser Sword and they decided to keep it. Maybe there is no deep meaning.
Currently it has -2 overall points. An answer to Why did Vader need to freeze Luke in carbonite?
I just have one problem with this entire thing. They are acts like he doesn't already knows if it's possible. But in the Star Wars the Clone Wars animated series there was an episode where Obi-Wan and Anakin Skywalker with a batch of clones were frozen in carbonite in order to sneak past a separatist scanner that could pick up life readings. After their Droid I think it was R2 brought them back to Consciousness they then broke two prisoners one of whom is Tarkin out of the prison in order to get them offworld to secure hyperspace Lanes or something like that. Now I don't remember if everything in Clone Wars the long-running animated series is canon but if it was you would think later would not be playing so aloof. Or more likely Vader remembered how much it hurt was still angry at Han Solo and decided that putting him through that discomfort when not only remove him from the equation of being able to rescues Luke this time but the same time as small bit of Revenge for having had his tail shut off at the Death Star
a forum-like answer, which may serve as a good comment but not as an answer, currently has -1 points.
This made me remember one of my earliest contributions to here, to the question http://scifi.stackexchange.com/questions/102669/why-did-leia-give-the-stolen-version-of-the-death-star-plans-to-r2-d2-instead-of/, my answer was
Not all data can be copied. It may be in quantum bits. Quantum bits (qubits) cannot be copied. No cloning theorem came in 1982, but a good sci-fi movie anticipates future developments in science. Maybe they guessed such a data structure will be available in the future.
My answer has -4 points right now. After all this introduction, my question is
Should we downvote contributions from new users who do not know how SE works, let alone scifi SE?
My standing is No, because
Reputation system is more useful for people who knows about privilege system as well and new users cannot possibly know both of the systems.
Having a downvote to their first contribution may feel like scifi SE has a hostile environment. It actually has a hostile environment, but the new users do not have to learn this as the first thing about this community.
If we want this community to grow, I am not sure many contributors have the same vision as I do, we should be more welcoming to new users until they learn how scifi SE and SE in general operate. As a result, I never downvote a bad answer by a new user, and I try to upvote anything from a new user if it resembles some sort of an acceptable answer, even if it is of low quality.