Poll: welcome PMs

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How do you feel about the concept of welcome PMs?

I never got one, I would have liked one
6
21%
I never got one, it wouldn't have changed anything
7
24%
I never got one, I'm glad I didn't
0
No votes
I got one and I liked it, it made me more inclined to stay
15
52%
I got one and I don't care, I would have stayed either way
1
3%
I got one and I didn't like it, leave me alone
0
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Poll: welcome PMs

#1

Post by Leeward »

Note: this system came into place in November 2014, so if you joined the forum before then, you weren't forgotten, we just weren't sending these out yet.
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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

#2

Post by Galahad »

I recall receiving welcome PMs from Tocs and Adagio upon joining, and it certainly made the forum seem more homely and hospitable. :)
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Post by Kievvu »

Let me put my opinion in a slight story. Say you walk into a room full of a few hundred people not knowing anybody there, what's going on, how things work or what to do. Now lets say nobody says a word to you, not a single welcome or hello or anything. It makes you feel unwelcome and unwanted. Like you're intruding and shouldnt be there and if you stay and need help with something you have no idea who to ask, who could help, who is approachable and who will bite your head off. On the other hand if people come up and greet you, offer to help you when needed and are friendly to you. Well its lovely to feel welcome and know who you can talk to and ask about how things work, ask for help. That's just how I see it anyways. Personally I prefer being welcomed with open arms than receiving no welcome. And if I hadnt gotten welcome pm's I wouldnt still be here coz I wouldnt have figured out how things work. Made any posts. Or spoken to anybody for fear of disturbing them/being a nuisance. :) I really really appreciate the welcome pm's that I got.
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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

#4

Post by Randall »

Its a common courtesy on many forums I frequented or joined. Its system generated sometimes, sometimes the forum staff care enough to make the effort.
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#5

Post by Tocs »

Personally I take this job to heart. I write out a personal message to people that join under gauteng, and I welcome them with open arms and try help them get involved in the fandom or link them to the telegram or WhatsApp groups to the best of my ability and earliest convenience.
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#6

Post by Randall »

Thank you for that
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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

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Post by Raven Song »

I was in the pre PM days, and it probably wouldn't have made much diffs to me because I sort of just launched into it...
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#8

Post by Sev »

Leeward wrote:Note: this system came into place in November 2014, so if you joined the forum before then, you weren't forgotten, we just weren't sending these out yet.
I was not forgotten. Woo!
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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

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Post by Rakuen Growlithe »

I got two PMs when I joined the AstroFur forums (after making an introduction post). It didn't really make me stay active there, mostly cause of the language issue, but it did make me feel more welcome and increase my thought of the people that sent me a message.
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#10

Post by Hargan »

I honestly don't know.

As my younger self, I probably would have welcomed it and enjoyed it. As my older self, I would probably either feel awkward by it or intrigued as to why it was happening.

Either way, didn't get any, but I dun think it would have changed anything my side to be perfectly honest.

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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

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Post by Randall »

Why so scarce?
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Post by Fii »

As a newbie (sort of) I can definitely say that the two welcome PMs I got from Echo and Randall were lovely and something I really appreciated ^^ I don't think it would have changed my decision to stay, given that everyone has also been very nice on the intro forum, but I can definitely see why someone that's maybe too shy for an intro might feel more welcome as a result of a PM or two.
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Post by Randall »

Great stuff.
Honestly, I think we should do this. Make it standard operating procedure
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Post by Sev »

As opposed to just welcoming them on their intro thread?
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#15

Post by Randall »

I would say do both, you'll never know how much it means to those who have taken a bold step to stop lurking and transition to participation.
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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

#16

Post by Sev »

Best take care to not overwhelm then, in that case.
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#17

Post by Randall »

As we can see, new furs like the welcome PM.
They are then free after that, to use the welcoming thread at their discretion
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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

#18

Post by Adagio »

Randall wrote:Great stuff.
Honestly, I think we should do this. Make it standard operating procedure
Sev wrote:Best take care to not overwhelm then, in that case.
I agree with Sev here Randall.
There are people that are appointed to do this, so to NOT overwhelm new furs...
If I fot 60 welcome PM's I'd have run...
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Re: Poll: welcome PMs

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Post by Ivic_Wulfe »

It was supposed to be standard operation. A welcome as a general pm and then one from the province they were in that would specify things like get together's and times and such!
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#20

Post by Randall »

Well yes this is what I meant. A single PM saying welcome, and then, at the discretion of the CR, a PM giving details of get-togethers etc.

Saying hello in the introductions thread could then be at the discretion of the new fur.
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