Questions tagged [new-members]

Users who have started participating in a community recently. Often these users are not aware of all community rules - both explicit and implied.

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What are techniques that encourage new members to familiarize themselves with community guidelines?

Almost every community has rules and guidelines. Often these are buried in terms of use pages that users click through to register, or are shoved in a link in the footer of the page. These guidelines ...
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How can moderators prevent an 'in-crowd' forming?

As sites age and grow, it is inevitable that groups of older, more experienced users will tend to hang together and support each other. This is great, but it can go too far, to the extent that the ...
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How to prevent “drive by” voting in my forum's contest?

I'm a moderator at a small phpBB forum and we recently held a writing contest. The winners to be decided by a standard phpBB poll. Our goal was to determine the best story, based on the judgement of ...
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Encouraging new user participation while critiquing their first posts

I have seen this scenario play out a few times where a new user kind of understands the idea and wants to participate, but doesn't understand the site rules or hasn't read them yet. Because of this ...
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How do you form avatar and signature guidelines

I'm an active moderator/administrator of a 1.000+ member retro/nextgen gaming forum. The community is very active with a lot of active, creative members. Recently we activated the main website that ...
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Handling new users who don't read the rules

I moderate a community on a site that allows users to queue YouTube videos and songs while chatting. Our room has set rules on what videos users are able to play and videos breaking our rules are ...
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Community rules as a barrier to entry

My question: When starting a community should it basically be a free for all and as use reaches or gets near critical mass then implement rules perhaps based on user input? Background: While setting ...