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Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 6:34 pm    Post subject: Encouraging joinees to post  Reply with quote    

Just wondering, what happens these days after a new member has successfully joined - what's on that page and can we change it?

I thought that it might be handy to have:

a) a poll on where they found us - or a link to such a poll on the forums so existing members could take part too. I see a couple of recent joiners are from search engine searches and that's very interesting (and pleasing that we were worth staying for)

b) more importantly a way to get them to join in...is there a link to the forums, perhaps not to a specific introduction thread, but to some of the boards...like "See what's going on and perhaps introduce yourself on Chat, see how you can join in and share your knowledge in Authors Corner, get advice on burning issues in Does it Really Matter".

I'm just thinkiing about something that prompts them to do something after the joining process. Or is this all already there?

Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 10744

PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

And if any quite new members are reading this, what could we do to encourage you to join in with the forums, articles etc?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44282
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 6:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I think we need the views of some "joinees" here

sean
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Tahir made me do it...

tahir



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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sean wrote:
Tahir made me do it...


That's what they all say, funny enough they used to say that at school too, no wonder I got so many detentions

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 26648
Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We can certainly change things about the joining process.

The text would be easy, polls and stuff harder.

Excellent idea

jema

Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 10744

PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 6:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oooh. Normally my ideas prompt a glazed look, and a sudden need to catch a bus.

Well, if it's easier the poll could just be a common or garden forum poll...which we can start now...and have that as a link from that page. Two or three enticing options should be enough - one of them definitely to "have you tried" articles on the main site.

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

As a new member I haven't needed any encouragement to join in on the forums (I'm not known for being shy!). However, I'm also happy about being able to sit back, keep quiet (hard!) and hear what you guys have to say and learn from you.

I guess wherever you have new people coming on board some may feel a bit shy about joining in and letting their guard down (if you know what I mean).

When you have people registering you are asking what their interests are - what about widening this a little - if they are able to give you some more information you can encourage/coax them to share their views.

P.S. re my profile, it's a bit sparse - will eidt mine now for you.

Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 10744

PostPosted: Mon Jan 10, 05 7:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Thanks Gertie, know exactly what you mean about not being encouraged to post - I felt the same way myself once, now I think they'd like to put a cork in me some days

I do think (and this'll sound a bit hippy and huggy) everyone's got stuff to learn from each other, and in fact people who know a great deal can learn a lot from beginners' questions and experiences (I hope so, anyway, cos I have a lot of beginners's questions!).

By widening the bit about interests...do you mean asking for more specific information? I found the interests bit very hard to write - I like Tahir's though.

If it's possible to add stuff there as well - we could have: which is your favourite forum (eg I think I'd plump for Growing Your Own...or maybe Poultry and Livestock) - which would give us an idea of people's interests, a bit to say what livestock you've got, what downsizing have you done to date...what "level" of downsizing are you at now...what else? I@m not very inventive with this kind of stuff.

Bernie66



Joined: 14 Jan 2005
Posts: 13967
Location: Eastoft
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 05 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

evening, don't normally leave comments or join in as i tend to make mistakes as i am very "computer illiterate".I tend to use these forums as a pool of information. This one and the river cottage one take up far more of my time than is probably healthy but its good to escape from life occasionally if you know what i mean.

nettie



Joined: 02 Dec 2004
Posts: 5886
Location: Suffolk
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 05 10:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Bernie, that's exactly how I started out. I have learned so much from people on here, and other sites, just by "lurking". I think we have all been sucked into the vortex of the forums, it's Friday night for heaven's sake!!

Bugs, we'll only bung a cork in you if you start spouting garbage

jema
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 05 11:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66 wrote:
evening, don't normally leave comments or join in as i tend to make mistakes as i am very "computer illiterate".I tend to use these forums as a pool of information. This one and the river cottage one take up far more of my time than is probably healthy but its good to escape from life occasionally if you know what i mean.


Good to see a first post I see this sort of community as one that helps us all encourage each other, so it is nice to see people posting and not lurking, as each poster reassures us we are not alone

jema

Deedee



Joined: 10 Jan 2005
Posts: 250
Location: Surrey
PostPosted: Fri Jan 14, 05 11:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can I just add as a newbie I think you are a lovely bunch who have made me feel welcome.I have felt encouraged to post and have already learnt so much from this site.Thankyou to all involved

Bugs



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 05 7:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bernie66, welcome , and I hope you will continue to post as both of yours so far have been interesting points (and don't think you sound conputer illiterate either...no more than many of us here... ).

I was a lurker meself once and used to spend ages rereading my posts thinking, "will they think that, does that sound right". The good thing about forums is if you say something wrong people will generally let you know (round here they'll do it nicely) and you have a chance to correct yourself. But I don't think that'll happen to you so do join in

Nettie..you'll have to start looking for a cork big enough, to deal with the inevitable

And Deedee, that's a really lovely comment, I'm really glad you feel welcome. Hope everyone else does too (and if anyone doesn't, please say...you can even make your suggestions and comments by PM if you're really shy - no need to be though )

jema
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: escaped from Swindon
PostPosted: Sat Jan 15, 05 9:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Bugs wrote:


I was a lurker meself once and used to spend ages rereading my posts thinking, "will they think that, does that sound right". The good thing about forums is if you say something wrong people will generally let you know (round here they'll do it nicely) and you have a chance to correct yourself. But I don't think that'll happen to you so do join in


there are indeed different types of forums. I recall making my first post on a certain gaming forum with what was actually a perfectly legit intelligent question, and the first reply being totally abusive Other people did come in to the thread, with intelligent responses, and condumnation of the first idiot. But all the same it didn't encouage me to make those forums a home

Round here I hope we can help each other and debate issues, but even with a debate we have strict rules about personal attacks etc.

jema

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