What are your suggestions for making new members feel welcome and to let them know they belong here as well?

js250 js250
I thought it might be a great idea to compare notes on making new and newer members feel welcome, let them know they belong here and that we value their contributions.

So many times, those of us that have been here awhile forget that feeling of being knew and unknown on Eden. It can be seriously intimidating and kind of lonely.
11/16/2012
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Hard to say... probably the easiest way would be an active introductory area.
11/16/2012
AHubbyof2SexualMinds AHubbyof2SexualMinds
It's a really good point. I remember when I was new and I was intimidated by the board just because everyone seemed so experienced and so forth. It felt a little like coming into a new school, where everyone has friends and you're trying to find your place.

I try and make new members feel welcome when I see something on the boards and offer my help and such if they have any questions. But I'm wondering if it would be a good idea to start a thread once a week/once every other week, welcoming new members and offering help advice. I think it would help people feel more welcome.
11/16/2012
Mwar Mwar
Do we have a welcome club? That would be awesome. We could welcome newcomers. Perhaps an interactive tutorial or something would be awesome too!

Or perhaps a buddy system would be awesome where one experienced contributor initiates conversation with a newcomer. And new peeps can have an option when signing up saying if they don't want welcome stuff.
11/16/2012
js250 js250
I do a monthly welcome/introduction post, do you think I should make it a weekly one?
11/16/2012
no longer here no longer here
We didn't see the welcome/intro post until just this past week. It took us a while to really start looking into the forum rather than just at the most recent updates.

Just saying...don't know how to make it more visible to newbies...
11/16/2012
Edeneve Edeneve
I look for new members & welcome them as well as offer my help.
11/16/2012
js250 js250
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Originally posted by no longer here
We didn't see the welcome/intro post until just this past week. It took us a while to really start looking into the forum rather than just at the most recent updates.

Just saying...don't know how to make it more visible to newbies...
Thank you. This is one thing I try to do to help the new members to introduce themselves. BUT--if it isn't working, maybe suggestions on how to help it work....
11/18/2012
no longer here no longer here
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Originally posted by js250
Thank you. This is one thing I try to do to help the new members to introduce themselves. BUT--if it isn't working, maybe suggestions on how to help it work....
I wish I knew how to make it more visible. We did find it, but about a month after we joined. Not everyone signs up with a mentor, so that won't help.

I guess we looked at it the same way we tell our kids to in a new situation, "well, did you make an effort? Did you say hi, get involved?" we know not everyone will though...

So yeah, we don't have any ideas...
11/20/2012
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Originally posted by js250
I thought it might be a great idea to compare notes on making new and newer members feel welcome, let them know they belong here and that we value their contributions.

So many times, those of us that have been here awhile forget that feeling ... More
When I first joined I really liked the fact that people put comments on my wall welcoming me. It made me feel great, like this was a community I wanted to be involved in. I also loved getting mail messages from people about my reviews, even though they mostly told me how much they sucked. I love knowing that there were real people here ready to help me.

I think that striking up conversation with newer people would be great, it would let them know that we are a real community that welcome them with open arms, and also let them know that we are available to chat and answer questions.
11/20/2012
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Originally posted by js250
Thank you. This is one thing I try to do to help the new members to introduce themselves. BUT--if it isn't working, maybe suggestions on how to help it work....
Maybe Eden Admins can help include that in a welcome email. Or maybe a banner? Or possible sending an Eden mail message with the link to all the new folks.
11/20/2012
js250 js250
Great ideas!! Thanks, and I look forward to seeing more of them!!
11/20/2012
koola1d88 koola1d88
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Originally posted by js250
I thought it might be a great idea to compare notes on making new and newer members feel welcome, let them know they belong here and that we value their contributions.

So many times, those of us that have been here awhile forget that feeling ... More
i'm one =D
11/20/2012
kadelette kadelette
I loved having people promptly comment on my first review and greet me on my profile when I first joined. I'm going to definitely pass on the favor to new members. EF has a very warm, welcoming community.
12/18/2012
SecretlySensuous SecretlySensuous
As a newbie, this place is definitely big enough to be intimidating! But, I'm enjoying just getting a feel for the place. I want my first review to be well-written, so I'm taking my time and reading a lot to find out how everything works.

Hopefully it won't be too difficult to jump in and start making connections.
05/19/2013
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