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First, let me say I think harrypotterfan101 has made some excellent points and reminders... with few exceptions no one likes to be the new kid on the block or made to feel like they are a round peg trying to fit into a square hole. And I would say if we have members who feel that way it is very sad, but I would also like to suggest that they stick with the site because it will not take very long for them to find their comfort zone and join in on all the fun. I never did go to “Hi I’m Joe”... sadly, I could not find it... now how new is that, but now this is the first place I come when I log in every morning. So weather you are the very first member other than the founders or the newest member there is something on this site for all and everyone is part of what make WI the community that we all so enjoy.
I've been viewing the 'Hi I'm Joe and I LOVE my Webkinz!' section lately and I'm sort of disappointed. Most new members barely get a welcome from anyone. I know of several people who love greeting the newbies, but compared to how many members has, it's not very many at all.
I'm sure that you remember what it was like to be new here. It was confusing, no one posted on your threads or responded to you, and you felt alone. It's not cool feeling like that.
So why don't you check out these tips and see if maybe we can help out the newbies. They need attention too!
1.) Introduce yourself first.
2.) Be patient - they're new and many of them are at a younger age. They're going to make typos and use the wrong color font. Just keep your cool and there shouldn't be any problems.
3.) Be kind and helpful. Newer members are going to be so confused about what to do here. It's most likely going to be very overwheliming too. If they ask you a question, don't ignore them. Help them out.
4.) Make sure to suggest they check out the FAQ and Rules sections. You can help even further by handing them a link.
5.) Send them a friend's request. It will make them feel excited to have made a new friend, and they'll be very grateful.
6.) Make sure that they know that online bullying isn't going to be accepted here. Tell them how to report a bad member, but also let them know that they can't use the flagging system unless really needed. You cannot just report someone because you don't like them.
7.) Discourage them from getting into fights with other members. Fighting is not prohibited on WI. Also, be sure to report it to a mod if you see anyone fighting, not just newer members.
8.) Let the members know what a creative, fun, educational, and wonderful site Webkinz Insider truly is!
Rep! Great guide! You can also visit some of there threads if their not getting much/any comments.
Thanks, I'm new but it's never to early to greet someone! I would add something, "let the new members knoe what certain thing's stand for". I figured that WI stood for webkinz insider. But other things would be good to know as well.
It wasn't actually that way for me. I had alot of replys, but I looked yeserday and I found a thread that had been up for about an hour or two and there was only a couple replys. It kind of made me sad. But anyways, very good point!
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