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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

I'm a sci-fi fan and I joined this site recently. Admittedly, I'm a little shy, but I want to contribute. I'm not always confident about having an interesting question or a correct answer, and this ...
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And the Best New User of 2018 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I have created this honorary post stolen Skooba's honorary post idea from last year based on a simple premise... ...
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And the Best New User of 2017 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I have created this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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And the Best New User of 2020 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I am continuing this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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Wherein directing First Posters to the tour is a bad idea

I notice that a lot of First Posts get referred to the tour via a comment like the following: Welcome to SFF. I recommend you take a look at our tour to get an idea of what sort of answers we are ...
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Has the policy on comments changed?

I've noticed that a couple of my comments on a question have been removed. Up until now I thought this site was pretty laid back with comments. Has that changed? FWIW the comments were on this ...
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Should we encourage or discourage posting generic "welcome comments" to all new users

Once in a while I see a large spike of generic comments which welcome pretty much every new user to the site. Should we encourage or discourage such practice? This doesn't apply to post-specific ...
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And the Best New User of 2021 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users I am continuing this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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How should we reach out to new users?

The first time I made a positive contribution to Wikipedia (years ago), within minutes a senior user left a comment on my user page welcoming me to the community and thanking me for my contribution. ...
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And the Best New User of 2019 is

As a way to celebrate the New Year and lasting contributions to the site by new users, I am continuing this honorary post based on a simple premise... The user with the highest rank in the yearly ...
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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?

After lurking in this community for some time, I finally made an account on scifi to ask How did Luke's proton torpedoes enter the first Death Star after Red Leader's impacted on the surface?, which I ...
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What can we do to encourage new users not to give up so fast?

I've noticed a recurring phenomenon: New user apparently created an account to ask a specific question (often, story-identification). New user disappears after a day or two, not having received an ...
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Why do I show up as a "New Contributor" even though I've posted several times?

On my latest post, I still have the "New Contributor" identifier under my user card, even though I have made 8 posts before this including questions. Why is this?
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Who is considered to be a new user

In this SE - and others possibly, I haven't really encountered this problem elsewhere yet - but this SE keeps referring to "new users". Who is classified as a new user? Do new users have low ...
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Should we recommend new users to edit their own answers?

A big thing I try and do is get new users to edit their own questions/answers when its required (and not for instance something inflammatory; I edit myself then.) I do this because it gives them a ...
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A plea for action

The First Posts and Late Answers review queues are arguably the two most important review queues on the site. They help moderate content from new users and point them in the right direction to act in ...
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What is the difference between modified and edited?

While searching through recently active Harry Potter questions I noticed a lot are bumped up because of brand new users who have 'modified' them somehow. However, when I click on modified to see what ...
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Strange double standard for editing

For quite some time now, I have had enough rep to be considered a "trusted user" or whatever, and as a result, I have been able to make edits to whatever I like (except tag wikis - I just got that ...
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Do we have a default message template for new users that indicates how they can improve their post? [duplicate]

I find myself sometimes in the situation where I would like to comment on a new user's answer, how the site works and why their answer is downvoted. Do we have a default template for that or does ...
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Deleting huge chunks of a content without author's permission

A new user asked this question. The question is a valid question but it contains large amount of ranting. Even worse, it had a "if it were me" part, which is almost always unhelpful in this ...
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Downvoting answers by new users

Firstly, this is very relevant. This is also related. 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 ...
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