Guidelines for new users and first time posters - aka newbies
July 14, 2009
A while back I think there was some talk about having a questionnaire or test when a new user signs up. I, at first did not agree with this but as more and more newbies join, I think that this may be a good idea if nothing, to instill some ground rules for said nubes.
I know this forum is super kind to all of it's users but as of late we've started to see postings that in some peoples(mine) eyes are unnecessary and in some cases downright silly.
Now I understand that we all start out as noobes and from there we learn about this great little world of the wide interwebs that we live in. So lets help to teach these newbies by pointing them in the right direction and letting them find the info on their own, not just spoon feed it to them. We don't need to do this, in fact it helps nobody and we end up getting posts on how we use the shout box...or how to delete a shout(eventually).
Anyway, sorry for the slight tangent, back to guidelines. Lets consider this and see if we can come up with a new faq that the user can read quickly and learn to help themselves. Additionally, we should have a set of rules that pop up when a user posts for the first time. It can mention such things as, have you googled this yet or have you looked at the manual. Hopefully this will help them to learn to help themselves.