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    Helping New Members with their Introductions

    We have a lot of first time posters come in to ask questions which have been answered time and again -- they post without searching, they dig up old threads, or they post in the wrong section. This isn't anything new and it comes with the territory, but I think it's possible to bring the frequency of these types of posts down, at least a little.

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    What I'm suggesting today is limiting the posting access of brand new members until they've created a thread in the Introduce Yourself forum. They can still view the entire site and all its threads, but until they post an introduction they could only create a new thread or reply to an existing one in:

    - Introduce Yourself
    - Newbie Discussions
    - Visiting Staff From Other Sites
    - Login/Registration Problems
    - any other forum deemed necessary

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    Assuming this is possible, I think imposing this would alleviate a LOT of the clutter we see around the forum on a daily basis. Most importantly it would lead all new members directly to the best source of info for familiarizing themselves with the site from our greeters.

    Plus if they really don't feel like they're going to hang around and refuse to make an introduction, they can still make a thread and ask their questions in the newbie forum.

    What do you guys think? Any suggestions/addendums/corrections welcomed.
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    It should be technically possible... I know in certain rare cases a moderator can set an individual users posts to full moderation (ie like member-submitted news sections as an easily seen example), subject to approval. You're right in that newbie total disregard and mayhem are pushing their limits with regard for an initial post ain't being made where it should be. I saw someone thread-jack a 4 mo old + thread and Teal'C mildly scolded the user for it (who still ignored his comments and continued in that thread). I will be honest in my case --- my first post of record was a "thank you" in the 3.1-4.1 Dogeggs guide, but then again in my case I fully comprehended and understood what and how things were done.

    Thread-jacking is extremely annoying to me... and users ignoring the milder reminders given. I've actually done three or four illustrations of fail images in my responses today due to newbie ineptness (that's kinda a personal record for me in a single day; not something I'm proud of). This speaks more of the other end than this end if ya know what I mean...

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    it should be you cant post anything (except your intro) for the first (12-24 hours) you join or something like that so they actually do read everything provided in the intro from the mods...or they have a look around the site

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    I think its a good idea, however I think for 95 percent it would be a check the box and move on thing. Couldn't hurt though. My only concern is the first time forum user who is still learning to navigate. Its a whole lot different than a normal website. I've never been a "forum guy" but learned the ins and outs because I love the site. Feel free to make a gentle reminder to make an intro post if this is not implemented though.

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    As one of the newest members I'll say this. I have A LOT of questions, but I don't dare ask because I know they are out there. So I search, if I can't find the answer, I search more...If I still can't, I go on to my next question and so on...Sometimes you find answers to things when you are looking for something else.

    My point??? Stupit is everywhere Some ppl are just ignorant to the world and think everyone is here to spoon feed them...Not realizing they are lucky to have this site with it's info that is there, you just have to find it. It's like cheating on a test, yeah you get the quick answer but it's pointless if you don't know how to apply it when you really need it.

    /noob rant...The ONLY answer to the problem is BAN HAMMER!

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    Ten gold stars F bomb. That's how it should be but it isn't. Keep it up.

    P.S: don't let anyone drop you... More work for us.

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    I was on a forum back in the day for Microsoft Search Club bots and it had something similar. However before you can download bots you have to have x amount of posts. The only downside is some posts would be complete garbage. Like F_bomb said I have tons of questions, but will not ask until after I have searched. I have had 3 questions solved just by searching, grant it I just joined yesterday, but I have viewed the forums for over a month or so now. I do like the suggestion though, maybe even limit their access like nightstah said.

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    Wow I just finished my workout and look at all the responses! And they're all really constructive too, thank you for that.

    I was in the same situation as most of you guys when I first joined as well: I searched and searched to find my answers and, guess what, I found them. I myself never made an intro post because from the outset I was drawn to just start contributing wherever I could, but I know if it were mandatory I would've made my little post and gotten over it. The reason I think enforcing something like this could be so valuable is that Wiihacks has a huge database of information, and unlike many other forums we have personal welcomers here to show people exactly where to start.

    There's also that group of people who know what they want and where to find it, and for those people yes, it would be a checkmark then move on. But lets face it, Wiihacks is the place you want to be if you want to softmod/hardmod/mushymod/monstermod/whatevermod your Wii, and making a single quick intro post shouldn't be too much to ask to be able to participate here.

    Nightstah your posts were actually my inspiration for this thread. Like you I'm getting tired of trying to remind new users to make an intro post while helping them, only to have that part of my posts ignored almost every time.

    Again, thanks to all of you guys for your input and anyone else who continues to do so.

    F-bomb! that was an excellent first post.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ithian View Post
    We have a lot of first time posters come in to ask questions which have been answered time and again -- they post without searching, they dig up old threads, or they post in the wrong section. This isn't anything new and it comes with the territory, but I think it's possible to bring the frequency of these types of posts down, at least a little.

    ----
    What I'm suggesting today is limiting the posting access of brand new members until they've created a thread in the Introduce Yourself forum. They can still view the entire site and all its threads, but until they post an introduction they could only create a new thread or reply to an existing one in:

    - Introduce Yourself
    - Newbie Discussions
    - Visiting Staff From Other Sites
    - Login/Registration Problems
    - any other forum deemed necessary

    ----

    Assuming this is possible, I think imposing this would alleviate a LOT of the clutter we see around the forum on a daily basis. Most importantly it would lead all new members directly to the best source of info for familiarizing themselves with the site from our greeters.

    Plus if they really don't feel like they're going to hang around and refuse to make an introduction, they can still make a thread and ask their questions in the newbie forum.

    What do you guys think? Any suggestions/addendums/corrections welcomed.

    yes that should be able to be done....

    maybe monday.. tues

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