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I've noticed that on Stack Exchange especially, new users will often will often have their posts closed and downvoted, at I think, a higher level/severity than users with more reputation.

Often this will be because the post is showing up in the first posts review queue.

But more generally - often new users are quite obvious in any community, often they don't have the formatting down pat, or they have a low post count.

Is there any guidelines for maintaining high post quality, while still encouraging new users?

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  • I believe this is a duplicate question. – Andy Aug 25 '14 at 4:37
  • Just as a comment: this doesn't seem all that unnatural to me; users with more reputation don't tend to ask the same low-quality, poorly-formatted and inadequately-researched questions that first timers do. With any luck, the new user learns from this and becomes a more productive member. – Aaron Bertrand Sep 8 '14 at 5:19