Logistically, Epiphora is right. People who want to be active in the forums can introduce themselves when it best fits them but no one else needs to.
Ditto. There are plenty of people who join and never are seen again. If someone is truly interested in participating here they can come by and make a , "Hi guys, I'm new and just wanted to introduce myself. I look forward to reviewing with you!" type of thread themselves.
I disagree. These people haven't even posted reviews yet. Too many people join EF; we can't have a thread for all of them. Like I said, they can introduce themselves.
If you genuinely want to welcome people that's great, but just post a comment on their profile. That's sufficient and doesn't clog up the forums, especially as some of these contributors, as Epiphora said, don't even write a review or enter the forums.
I want all of our new members to feel welcomed to the community but I feel that sending them a message--as Gardenvy did when I first joined--or leaving a welcoming post on their wall is more appropriate.
I totally agree. These posts aren't really worth the time since these people may not see them. It would be better just to leave a welcoming comment on their profile rather than clogging up the forums with tons of the same message with a different name (i.e. Welcome "insert name here").
Regardless of whether or not you like the Welcome threads, we should not be clogging it up with negative comments about how they are not necessary. Please think about the fact that this is Nicolah's welcome thread, and that this discussion does not belong on it.
I think it's great that we are taking the time to greet new members. Perhaps many new contributors would feel more inclined to stick around and participate in the community if they felt welcome from the beginning.
With that said, welcome to Eden Fantasys, Nicolah!