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Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an exampleHere is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find your lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)

Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find your lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)

Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find your lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)
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Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find youyour lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)

Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find you lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)

Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find your lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)
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Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find you lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)

Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).

Personal contact might be more effective: less alienating, more explanatory - criticism, but constructive criticism.

Personal contact (interaction with peers) is a reason why people post on the site.

Personal contact lets you:

  • Explain why a reference is necessary

  • Hint at what sort of reference, or reference to what sort of fact, you want to see, for this specific answer

Here is an example of a first-time poster who was motivated to improve their initially unreferenced answer, and who was motivated by personal contact.

He's a valued member of another forum. Do you not want to welcome him personally, introduce him to this site?


On the other hand, perhaps you find it "tedious" to interact with new users "as the site scales", and you don't want to do it "personally".

I think that the Help is a mess, the FAQ is a mess (not easy for new users to read, difficult for casual or first-time users to study adequately, especially if they're simply dropping in because of the "Hot Topics" list).

The "rules" of this site, such as they are, exist to please the community. Therefore hopefully there's someone in the community who will read the post, and care about it, and comment personally (for the OP) and/or flag it (for the moderator).


I once read something to the effect of,

"Some organizations put their junior employees into sales or customer service, with senior employees as managers. If you go to a old-fashioned gentleman's clothing store, for example, the most senior staff are on the (sales) floor and the junior staff are in the back office. They would never trust anything so precious/valuable as a customer to the junior staff."

It seems to me that you want new users to be greeted, not by a community member but by a bot.

My exaggerated fantasy is that the user experience would be something like,

  • User posts an answer
  • User sees an automated message which says, "I find you lack of references disturbing!"
  • User's answer is deleted by remote-control (without personal contact)
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