I have noticed lately that our board is seeing the introductions of quite a few new members. I've also noticed that not many of them take a few minutes to fill out their profile and take the time to perform a search before posting questions. I've talked with LEVE on this one, and he suggested that I run a poll to get opinions. He's also volunteered to make the post sticky for a few days so we can try to get everyone's input on this.
My idea was to have a post that is permanently sticky, directed at all new members that contains some basic information about the board, how to fill out their profile, proper etiquette and posting procedures. In no way would this post be derrogatory to new members, in fact I think it would encourage them to find out as much as they can and use this board as a learning tool, like the rest of us do.
I understand that not all new members will take the time to read the sticky post, I think that it can only do good to those who choose to read it. It can also be a place to show to new members who haven't read it yet.
The topics I've come up with so far include:
1.) How to fill out your profile and why it's important.
2.) The importance of perfoming a search so that often covered topics that have been beaten to death don't pop up so much.
3.) How to do such a search.
4.) A link to the ORC FAQ, as well as to www.shortwheelbase.com
5.) Proper netiquette, such as language and the CAPS LOCK KEY.
Other ideas are appreciated, so please post a reply directly to me or PM me, so that everyone's ideas can be included if the majority agree that this is a good thing to do.