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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

No and yes. Or yes and no. Come in and enjoy and post questions and answers and feel free to join us in Mos Eisley where you can chat with a lot of us. Don't worry about how many points you have or ...
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And the Best New User of 2017 is

Congratulations! Your contribution on the site has been brilliant so far.
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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

There's a little bit of competition, and a little bit of competition is good... Hi Emma and welcome to SFF:SE! I'm Praxis. I am a room owner for our chatroom. I was there when you posted this, and ...
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Has the policy on comments changed?

It's not so much that the policy has changed, it's that certain users have been aggressively flagging comments lately. Some of the comments that were flagged on the linked question included: It ...
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Wherein directing First Posters to the tour is a bad idea

Can the mods edit the tour? Yes, moderators can edit some of the content of the tour. However, the overall structure cannot be modified so we can't add a more extensive section to it for answering. ...
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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

No At least it is not a competition in the way you think it is. Users here strive to answer a question as well as they can, it is not however an unfriendly competition. If you go through the site or ...
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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

SE can be a competition, but only if you choose to make it one Assuming you've read the site's FAQ, you'll note that once you get beyond 25,000 reputation points, everything stops. There's literally (...
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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

I think this won't come as a surprise to @Richard, because we've had words on this topic before, but I am extremely put off by the "rear-view mirror" comment. It bothered me in October and I didn't ...
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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

Is SFF.SE a competition? Mostly, no. It's a collaborative content creation platform with elements of gamification. What that means is that the main stated goal of participation on the site is NOT to ...
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A plea for action

Disclaimer: this answer may contain some personal biases, as I'm an active reviewer myself. But I'll try to make clear where I'm speaking as a moderator and where I'm just voicing my own opinions as a ...
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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?

The only prevention advice I can give you is to read over your question before submitting, and make sure that both the title and body are: Asking the question you intended to ask Asking the same ...
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Downvoting answers by new users

The whole point of the voting system is to identify good and bad contributions. Good contributions should be upvoted and bad ones should be downvoted, regardless of whether they're from new users or ...
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Wherein directing First Posters to the tour is a bad idea

The tour is a good resource. It's got general information about SE and how the system works; it's a good place to point a new user to, usually. But I wouldn't point them to the [tour] for specific ...
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And the Best New User of 2018 is

Well done, and we look forward to all your contributions in the new year and all the years to come as well!
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What can we do to encourage new users not to give up so fast?

In short there isn't much we can do on the Stack Exchange platform as it is a question and answer site, not like your regular discussion forums. As such interactions, with new users, are limited to ...
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Strange double standard for editing

While Jason Baker already gives quite an exhaustive rundown of the motivations for a multi-user review process, I'd like to approach your notion of a "ridiculous double standard" a little more from a ...
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Should we encourage or discourage posting generic "welcome comments" to all new users

I think we should heavily discourage them. They don't serve any real purpose They can be very easily misread as a chastisement They're a bit creepy : "Who is this person and why are they messaging me?...
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Deleting huge chunks of a content without author's permission

Edit away rants, especially disrespectful ones. You may say it’s disrespectful to remove large portions of a post but what’s more disrespectful is the amount of bad mouthing and negative content ...
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Downvoting answers by new users

It's possible to downvote without being unwelcoming. The motive behind your question is a good one, but your suggested solution is wrong. We should be welcoming to new users, yes, but not at the ...
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How should we reach out to new users?

I don't think there should be a "welcome to SE" comment. Recently a user has been adding welcome comments to many new users. Here is an example: Hi and welcome to stack exchange :) I recommend ...
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Strange double standard for editing

This sort of feature would almost certainly have to be network-wide, so Super Meta may be a better place for this request. But here's my take anyway. Don't allow new users to edit Strongly opposed. ...
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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

Not sure why, but I was looking at meta today (haven't done much of anything on this site in a long while) and spotted this question. The competitive nature from a few very active specific users was ...
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What is the difference between modified and edited?

When looking at the page of questions, there are only three types of descriptions: Asked Answered Modified The first two are pretty straightforward. They refer, respectively, to newly asked ...
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Why do I show up as a "New Contributor" even though I've posted several times?

From the original announcement of the "New Contributor" feature Come Take a Look at our New Contributor Indicator! Folks will see an indicator when they go to interact with new contributors ...
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Who is considered to be a new user

In the specific cases you mention - the First Posts and Late Answers review queues - there are strict definitions of "new user". The First Posts review queue contains posts from users who've never ...
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Wherein directing First Posters to the tour is a bad idea

I would point them to both. Hello, and welcome to the site! In order to help us better answer your question, I would recommend you read the help section on how to ask better questions. The tour ...
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Should we encourage or discourage posting generic "welcome comments" to all new users

How about we allow them, but remove them after a while? I think welcoming new users is a good thing. I try to make the comment relevant beyond just "welcome to SFF.SE, see the [tour] and the [help]". ...
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Is scifi.stackexchange.com a competition?

This site is whatever you want it to be. Everyone has their own reasons for being here, and their own approach to contributing. If you don't feel the need to compete, you don't have to. If you see ...
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How should I avoid overzealous editing of question in the future?

In a case like this where your question is closely related to another question on the site, I would suggest mentioning the related question(s) in your post and explaining why your question is ...
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Should we encourage or discourage posting generic "welcome comments" to all new users

I'm of a split opinion on this. If a new user does something wrong, I say go for it. It's a polite way of saying "hey, you're new here, you might not have been aware of this BUT..." rather than ...
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