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Firstly, thank you for contributing to our site already. I've noticed you several times and have already been glad of your positive presence. there are a good number of more or less easy questions here, but they tend to come in "waves". In particular, there are lots of self-study questions, some of which are quite simple (posted by students at the start of ...


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Let's look at the data. First up is a plot of acceptance rates versus the number of answers, with a weighted GAM smooth superimposed (courtesy ggplot2). It shows $11,609$ users. The strongest signal is a strong "learning effect" for those with $25$ or fewer answers. (There are many possible explanations: it's not necessarily due to learning to write high-...


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Welcome messages are not noise. Early on in the life of this site, the SE Team actively encouraged posting comments to help people feel welcome. I therefore always decline flags that suggest those comments are "too chatty" and I usually keep the welcoming comment intact. I personally make an effort to identify newcomers who are likely to contribute beyond ...


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One way to use this site is just to learn more about statistics in general, and you might want to peruse the best of Cross Validated. An easy way to dip your toe into the water is each day to simply scan the list of recent badges that runs along the right side of the main page about half-way down. You can click on badges for Nice Answer or Nice Question, ...


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I often, but not always, vote to close many such questions. Why? There is no axiom that all questions have a place somewhere on SE. Questions on the routine use of some language don't belong here and they don't belong on SO if they are not about a (non-trivial) programming problem raised by the poster's own code. For example, questions about "How do I do X ...


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If you can't perform a review task, it will be grayed out, as at your rep level should be the case with all except the First Posts and Late Answers tasks. When I'm around, I'm one of those zealous users that's causing your problem ;) I check the review queue between practically every page navigation precisely because these tasks' queues empty so quickly – of ...


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Like some other users, Moderators do this occasionally (and manually!), when we notice that some users have a very low acceptance rate and almost no voting activity. Most of the times, our message are written on the fly (as far as I am concerned, at least), although we could resort on our Library of helpful responses. This is done in accordance with the FAQ: ...


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The question is asking about rich-get-richer at the level of users (high rep users getting undeserved attention as they get higher rep). I'll address that first, but I'll then discuss a slightly different issue. The effect may exist, but if it did, I'd presume that my upvotes per post would be higher now than it was say three or so years ago. I don't think ...


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(To make sure this gets an answer) As whuber mentions, there's an automatic mechanism to detect large numbers of edits and flag the moderators (the community bot is a source of a variety of flags of unusual/noteworthy behavior ... including this issue). We can then take a look and see if the behaviour is a problem or not. For example, someone may tend to ...


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As a test, I just included an image in an answer with a new account: As you see, you only need 1 reputation -- which everyone gets -- to do that. (Since it's a useless answer, I also deleted it.) I haven't tested posting questions at this point (I hesitate to spam the site with tests). I'll try to find out for sure whether the limit applies to questions, ...


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As long as the question is on-topic, not duplicate and well posed, answering with comments is a bad practice, because it can leave the post officially unanswered, which is bad for our site statistics. Also, the comment can't be voted down (likewise, if it is a correct answer the author will not receive credits for it; which is also bad). Moreover, regarding ...


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Well done Glen for sorting this out! I think the OP in fact got good advice in the very first comment—to clarify their question, that questions purely on programming are for SO, & even what function to look into using—but they didn't know how to act on it. One, hopefully uncontroversial, lesson we can learn from this straight away is to take ...


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One example where rich definitely do get richer causally (i.e. after controlling for quality), is questions, in particular newly posted questions. The more upvotes a newly posted question gets, the more likely it is to be noticed by somebody scrolling down the front page, and hence to be opened, and hence to be upvoted. If a newly posted question gets ...


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Interesting and important question. I don't want to add specifically to what I and more crucially many others have said on voting here. There are many such threads. We're not long out of Ganging up with downvotes. How can we discourage mob behaviour? I hope it is fair to say that almost none of the participants in that thread are likely to feel that it went ...


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I'm not sure that your question deserves two downvotes. Your question is from a course or textbook, so it qualifies as 'homework' for our purposes. You should add the [self-study] tag & read its wiki. That said, you certainly don't hide that fact, and aren't just after the answer / someone to do your homework for you. You do tell us what you ...


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Abdu, I was one of the original downvoters, because I believed that your question was posed poorly (and as I commented, the title not reflecting the question bothered me). I undid the downvote after the editing both by you and by @gung addressed this. Reflecting on this, I may have reacted too quickly by downvoting; giving you the chance to edit first would ...


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Ok to vote down newbies? Yes: when they don't show any research effort, are unclear, or not useful. Evidencing confusion about concepts† or making incorrect assertions shouldn't in themselves be considered reasons for down-voting a question. It's wise to presume that new users are unfamilar with site norms, inexperienced in asking statistical ...


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As @whuber notes, you need to register and merge your accounts. Here is my boilerplate text that provides the relevant information: Please register &/or merge your accounts (you can find information on how to do this in the My Account section of our help center), then you will be able to edit & comment on your own question.


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I'd say flag them for deletion on those threads that have a lot of comments & answers—where clutter might be doing some harm—else leave them be. So the policy would be this: Welcoming new users to the site is a good thing; so please feel free to do so in comments, even if there's nothing else to say. There's no need for purely phatic ...


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From Tim's comment: If it's a duplicate, then mark it as a duplicate. That is far more helpful than closing as off-topic. If it's not a duplicate and the non-software part can be answered, then you can answer it, mentioning briefly that you will focus on the non-software part because we're not a software help list.


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As I stated in my comment above: It has been addressed and declined here ;) The top answer in that post nails it down pretty well: The number of up-votes shows the level of acceptance by the community. If the "accepted answer" has no up-votes, but yours has 12, clearly yours is the community-accepted answer :)


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Here's another idea: When people sign up at the site, how about automatically sending them the FAQ in an e-mail?


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One option is to provide a list of potential approaches and a corresponding set of general resources in meta - much as we do for questions about software (one package with links per answer); in this case one methodology with resource links per answer. Then when we go to close as too broad we can point directly to that assistance. It's a fair bit of work to ...


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The OP's post does sound like an invitation to admire our CV-selves in the mirror -but it is totally boring to admire your self, it is preferable, say, to let others admire you. So I downvoted it, and I feel compelled to write an answer here so that people have the opportunity to downvote it -for balance. It is not difficult to conclude that the atmosphere ...


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I'm interpreting your question to mean "statistical newbie" rather than "Stack Exchange newbie" or "Cross Validated newbie". (If you're asking about the latter two, you advance pretty quickly. Just seeing what other say, comments, closed questions, etc, brings you up to speed fairly fast in most conventions of this site. Most...) I feel like I've moved ...


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It seems relatively clear to me that such comments are too chatty / mildly incongruent with SE policy. That said, it seems nice to welcome people to SE, especially in light of the fact that I have often seen CV being accused of being unfriendly to newcomers in meta.CV discussions. I agree with @chl. If I ran the zoo, I'd check the OP's userpage to see ...


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This is a typical question for someone learning R. R's docs are essentially incomprehensible for newbies, especially if someone's learning statistics at the same time. In fact many R old dogs tell newcomers to Google the answers when they complain for poor documentation. Therefore, I don't think we should be supporting R programmers here. It would only ...


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Supposedly rich get richer in economy (and life). Those who claim this to be a fact, usually, state that the reason is because the income from labor (wages) grows slower than return on capital. So capitalists accumulate wealth faster than workers. If you'd like to claim that it's happening on CV, then you'd have to map CV's domain to capital and labor. You ...


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The OP raises an interesting question. However, I feel "Can we do something to diversify our voting and encourage the new users?" may be an example of an XY Problem. Personally, I'm not sure the "rich getting richer" phenomenon (if it exists) on SE is an issue. I've come to Stack Exchange off and on for several years now with statistics questions and found ...


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Deciding on whether to explicitly indulge on a "Welcome to the site" message for new posters is irrelevant if there is no agreement on what defines being welcoming. The participants on our site are outstanding people, ready to help, educate, and lead by example in the pursuit of knowledge. However, confusion becomes all too apparent when receiving a new ...


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