When you are new to Stackexchange, it can be hard to know what all you can and should do at first. Here are some ideas:

  1. Posting. Everyone who comitted to this site is encouraged to make 10 posts (questions or answers). This will formally fulfill your initial commitment, but you can continue to use the site normally afterwards.

  2. Voting. Everyone is allowed 40 votes a day. If you upvote every post that seems good and downvote everything you think doesn't belong, you can use up most of these votes easily provide helpful feedback for others.

  3. Flagging and closing (per Thomas' suggestion). Flags are used to alert moderators to offensive or spam remsrks and posts and to answers that should be comments, among other things. Close votes are for questions that need to be reworded to fit the site or which just don't fit at all.

  4. Badges. Most badges are there to encourage you to try out every useful feature. Chat, meta, and votes are all described on the Badges page.

  5. Sharing. Once the site is out of private beta, you can share links to great posts. Highlighting our best content is the most effective way to encourage others to participate.

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    $\begingroup$ You might want to add: Flagging when you see something that requires moderator intervention (e.g. spam or offensive behavior). $\endgroup$
    – Thomas
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 2:53
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    $\begingroup$ Perhaps add "Comments": In addition to asking questions and providing answers (making a post), one can also 'comment' on other peoples post. Thier length is limited to 600 characters and there are severe constraints regarding formatting so one should not use them for elaborate things. However, for asking for clarifications, for making suggestions for improvements and related things, one should use a comment not an answer. An answer should always be an actual attempt to answer the question (or at least part of it); if this is not the case for your contribution leave a comment. $\endgroup$
    – quid
    Commented Mar 16, 2014 at 11:06


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