posted on Aug, 24 2007 @ 03:49 AM
Sure, a lot of new members post a topic that's been discussed before, but they don't have a history of past topics that long time members have.
Repetitiveness is part of the nature of a discussion board, but a reply to a new member, even if it directs them to another current thread, it gives
them a feeling of accomplishment that encourages them to go on and start new topics.
I hope members that have been around for a while will take the time to reply to a new member's thread just to make them feel welcome.
Everyone can post a little hello in the "Introduction" threads , and take a minute to reply to threads in "Recent Posts" that have zero replies,
even if it's just to give the member a boost or direct them to information already on the boards.
(there's nothing worse than starting a thread, and then you get no replies)
Let new members know you care about their opinions, flag the thread if it's worthy, and give them a star if merited. And put a tag at the bottom of
the thread. (keep tagging folks)
These simple actions that only take a moment of your time can only help ATS grow and strengthen our membership.
I guess my point is that if we make new members feel welcome they will want to come back and contribute and expand our unique corner of the web.
[edit on 24/8/2007 by anxietydisorder]