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Old 10-09-2008, 06:02 AM   #1
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I just wanted to post this because I am seeing something that I find rather disturbing. I see a lot of 'older' or 'senior' members being rather brusque and sometimes even mean with Newcomers.
'In your face' attitudes chases them away or makes them shy to contribute and I really would hate to see a lost opportunity. Who knows; that person you barked at for using Moderator Blue ink for their first post might actually have the solution to an unsolved recipe. OR what if that person has technical knowledge and they can help people to gain access to a 'fussy' account? What about losing a kind, compassionate contributor (Say; like Gingerly when she first began). Wouldn't it be awful to have never known her because someone was unecessarily blunt or impatient?
Please, remember they are new and are not familiar with the Forum as we are. Some of the questions they have can't be answered through the FAQ and the RULES under the big daisy, or any other way but through hands on experience. That is what we are HERE for, to guide people through the process and be open to newcomers. Please remember the Golden Rule, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:06 AM   #2
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Amen to that sister!

Remember to be the change you want to see in the world!

thanks s much for posting this!
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:09 AM   #3
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Default Re: Be kind and patient, they ARE new to WI

That is a very good point. For some reason, it's a bit more difficult to be nice to people who are newer than to veterans of the site... maybe because you know they have less authority and it is an instinctive action to correct them and act as if they know less about subjects and so on...

I never thought much about this before until this post... Thank you, Dixiecup!
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:11 AM   #4
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View Post Originally Posted by Dixiecup
I just wanted to post this because I am seeing something that I find rather disturbing. I see a lot of 'older' or 'senior' members being rather brusque and sometimes even mean with Newcomers.
'In your face' attitudes chases them away or makes them shy to contribute and I really would hate to see a lost opportunity. Who knows; that person you barked at for using Moderator Blue ink for their first post might actually have the solution to an unsolved recipe. OR what if that person has technical knowledge and they can help people to gain access to a 'fussy' account? What about losing a kind, compassionate contributor (Say; like Gingerly when she first began). Wouldn't it be awful to have never known her because someone was unecessarily blunt or impatient?
Please, remember they are new and are not familiar with the Forum as we are. Some of the questions they have can't be answered through the FAQ and the RULES under the big daisy, or any other way but through hands on experience. That is what we are HERE for, to guide people through the process and be open to newcomers. Please remember the Golden Rule, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'
Great point here, Dixiecup!

It's very easy for those of us who have been long time WI members to lose patience with a question or comment we've seen posted a dozen times----but we've all got to keep in mind that WE were all new members at one time--and we relied on the senior members of WI to help us out when we were hopelessly confused, or needed a friend.

In fact, I still rely on the help from senior members and WI staff!
And I appreciate how patient everyone remains with me.
So we need to 'pay that forward', and show the same patience and respect to each new person who joins the forum. They are here to learn and to have fun--so let's welcome them, and help them out graciously.
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Excellent post I've never encountered this myself but it wasn't too long ago that I was new and it might have scared me away.
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:23 AM   #6
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I personally haven't experienced that much of a scare, but it is rude and made me feel bad when I did do something wrong. We were all newcomers at once, you know.
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View Post Originally Posted by Dixiecup
I just wanted to post this because I am seeing something that I find rather disturbing. I see a lot of 'older' or 'senior' members being rather brusque and sometimes even mean with Newcomers.
'In your face' attitudes chases them away or makes them shy to contribute and I really would hate to see a lost opportunity. Who knows; that person you barked at for using Moderator Blue ink for their first post might actually have the solution to an unsolved recipe. OR what if that person has technical knowledge and they can help people to gain access to a 'fussy' account? What about losing a kind, compassionate contributor (Say; like Gingerly when she first began). Wouldn't it be awful to have never known her because someone was unecessarily blunt or impatient?
Please, remember they are new and are not familiar with the Forum as we are. Some of the questions they have can't be answered through the FAQ and the RULES under the big daisy, or any other way but through hands on experience. That is what we are HERE for, to guide people through the process and be open to newcomers. Please remember the Golden Rule, 'Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.'

View Post Originally Posted by luvwebbies
Great point here, Dixiecup!

It's very easy for those of us who have been long time WI members to lose patience with a question or comment we've seen posted a dozen times----but we've all got to keep in mind that WE were all new members at one time--and we relied on the senior members of WI to help us out when we were hopelessly confused, or needed a friend.

In fact, I still rely on the help from senior members and WI staff!
And I appreciate how patient everyone remains with me.
So we need to 'pay that forward', and show the same patience and respect to each new person who joins the forum. They are here to learn and to have fun--so let's welcome them, and help them out graciously.
i think all of us need to remember that WE WERE NEW ONCE!!!! we were not really sure of what to do, or where to go.... and may have possibly posted something that may have seemed silly or redundant to a member who had been here for a long time.

i try so hard to give support to the new people and if i see help needed i try to give it as best i can and if i can't, i try to point them in the direction they CAN get the help.

dixiecup.... this is a great reminder for EVERYONE. i hope that all of the new members stay acitve and become as great a member as you and luvwebbies are!!!
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:43 AM   #8
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Wonderful point & very well said!
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:43 AM   #9
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Thanks for this post. I am new here as of last week and I feel some of my questions are stupid but how else am I going to learn but from all the members who have been here awhile. I'm learning the abbr. for phrases and doing my best at posting in right area. It is all still confusing to me, forum, threads and my typing isn't all that great either, but I'm glad I found WI. It is so informational. So thanks for reminding others to just be nice.
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I sincerely hope people are kind because I have no idea of how to do or find anything. As you can tell, I'm brand new.
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