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Say someone saw Buddhism.Stackexchange yesterday and joined in, Then that means that this particular person is not interested in the laws or policies here. He or she has a question and that question will be asked in his/her own Form,words,grammar knowledge & softness or harshness.

If we are able to answer the question and the next day this person login he sees a bunch of answers and some Rep to his profile he will be exited and the he will come again. After this we can slowly lay the rules and regulations on him.


We can take the time to edit the question according to the policies and make it suitable. And by the way giving a thumbs up for a new user and encouraging him or her is a great thing to do but for some reason people are very picky on that too, I mean come on we are not reviving movies on Oscars. It is just a new user with his or her own little question, if we are able to show both verbal and emotional feedback with answers and up votes/stars it will help the new user to be more open next time.

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    I remember it used to be "softer" before. I guess it hasn't been for a while, thanks for bringing that up. – Thiago Feb 13 '16 at 0:43
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    This topic could be more actionable or more informative if it were more specific. I'd like to ask you to answer this by posting answers -- these answers could link to specific questions which were treated too-hardly, with one or more suggestions of how to edit the question instead. – ChrisW Feb 13 '16 at 11:05
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    It's already policy to welcome and to edit instead of close where possible. Sorry if that's not happening enough. I'm conscious of having closed (instead of editing) two types of question: a) exact duplicates b) religious comparisons, which require answers to express some opinion about other religions. With the former (exact duplicates), I hope I'm doing the OP a favour by linking to where the question has already been asked, and where they can immediately find many good answers. – ChrisW Feb 13 '16 at 11:09
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    The latter (over-broad religious comparisons/opinions) is in the class of question which we should edit if possible to make it more on-topic (i.e. a question that's more about Buddhism than other religions). However even more important than editing, IMO, is to not change the OP's intent. If I don't see how to edit without asking a completely different question instead, which wasn't what the user was asking, then I prefer to close it to give the OP has an opportunity to discuss and/or edit it (instead of making an edit they wouldn't like). – ChrisW Feb 13 '16 at 11:12
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    There may be other examples that I don't remember at the moment, but these are the two I remember. – ChrisW Feb 13 '16 at 11:16
  • Thank you for the extended explanation Chris. I did not tried to sound negative, i was just giving a suggestion. @ChrisW – Theravada Feb 13 '16 at 19:03
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One thing we can do is to see if the user is active in other SE / SO sites and in case not be more lenient and provide extra guidance as they will have no clue on how the site operates.

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