I've noticed that the first post by most new members is something to do with getting gigs or seeking info that could easily be found at the FAQ. As its their first post, and they aren't familiar with the site, they inevitably head where the action is, ie; the forum. They post their question, and are then unceromoniously told to go look elsewhere, by the regulars. Some (possibly most) of these people are young, timid, music fans, who may be put off by the brassy regulars, and may not post again, they may therefore miss out on what Fastfude has to offer them.
I don't have any ideas on how this could be changed, but I could see it becoming a problem.
What do yous think?
Very good point, but a difficult one to tackle. For starters the brassy regulars could just wise up and be more damn courteous! Tsk!
Other than that, it would be nice if ezBoard would allow me to put posting tips on the New Topic page so people could be directed to the FAQs from there. But they don't
Any other ideas?
When they first submit their band info, send them a wee email with info about the site and how to get gigs, taken from the threads in the FAQ page.
how about that then?
[url="http://www.theevangelists.freeuk.com"] The Evangelists[/url]
I was just about to suggest something to that effect myself. Give people a little introductory guide of where certain info can be found on the site, with their introductory email. A warning, to be thick-skinned on the forum as well, might help prepare the wee scamps for the abuse they are sure to face later.
somthingn like this...
Welcome to Fastfude!!
As you are a new member we just thought we'd send you a little info about the site and what uses it could serve to you and your band:
BLah blah blah
BLah blah blah
BLah blah blah
BLah blah blah...you get my drift
Edited by: The Evangelists at: 10/19/01 3:54:14 pm
it is an Immutable Fact of the Internet that naive
newbies, instead of lurking for a wee while and learning
the house rules, always ahinely ask questions wot have
been put in the FAQ for that very purpose.
It will never change.
it's true though, and rather grating.
still i did my best to be nice to wee PocketPromise and FutureReal and all
sure the regulars had a 'wee' go at me when i arrived if i remember rightly
I'm only really concerned aboot any 14/15 yr olds, Rock 'n' roll hatchlings who may actually take offence at peoples rapier-like responses. I'm sure its annoying when people don't spend the time to look around the site before asking badly placed questions, but if they are told beforehand they probably wouldn't do it. Of course, if after fair warning, in an introductory email, they persist, tear'em to shreds.
But hey, would you verbally abuse your young cousin, who wanted to form a band and posted a request about it on the forum.
On the other hand completely, maybe a bit of bullying will build character. Thats what my principal told me
that's what the bullies told me...
i reckon the following sentence should be included in the wee Forum info:
"Read the FAQs. Read the FAQs. Read the FAQs. Please!"
It doesn't matter how many times ewe tell them to read the FAQs:
- they won't.
Otherwise the FAQs wouldn't exist, since by definition,
people wouldn't have been frequently asking those questions ;-)
but it already said about the FAQs anyway!
Now it says it twice! :-O
ummm yeah...but I still rekon the best way is to send them an email...
Few of them will have one in their profile...always a problem.
i like it rog but fix the formatting as FAQs in on the next line on its own and i have a phobia of bad formatting and it makes me cry HOWEVER it's goodness and should stay there. helpful indeed
although it really doesn't need to say it twice
I like the intro thing. Is that gonna be on top all the time?
Edited by: The Evangelists at: 10/23/01 2:51:59 pm
Yup, that auta do it.
It won't though.
Have ewe never heard the song "PLEASE USE THE HATCH" by
Rowan of Ravara?
granted, it's one of the fundamental constants of the universe that newsgroup and forum FAQs are systematically ignored by the very people they're written for, but you still gotta try