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This is really nice. When i see a thread that needs help, one that there isn't a million of, I usually post a detailed explanation. Some members seem to not care, or they post the answer and "DUH" it can be very hurtful. Thanks for this thread!
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.'
....I'm so glad you brought this up, Dixie, as I've seen it happen quite often. We need to remember that people can't *see* if we're smiling, nor can they *hear* the tone of our voice.....they don't know if we're being bossy, mean or helpful. Justin gave us wonderful Smiley Icons to use.....so let's add them to our posts.......so there's no mistaking, what we're trying to say.
One way to try to step in their shoes, if you don't quite remember what it feels like being new, it to think of the newest feature or change on WI. Lets say it's about the falling leaves on wednesday. All of the sudden, something new comes, and the leaves are falling, and you get messages to PM people, and say one thing or another...
and you become confused! You didn't hear about this, and you don't know what your doing, and your now overwhelmed and frustrated.
Now, you feel that way about one thing on here, but, when your new to the site, everything you come across is unfamiliar, and gives you this same feeling.
I think it's always extremely important to be nice to new members. Like your example, dixie, about not meeting someone, is a great one. Another reason is that for a lot of the younger newbies, it could be their first time on a message board. This was my first board, and a lot of the nice and friendly people on here shaped me into the person I am today online, and a little bit offline, as well. They lead by example...
but if my first message board was a cold and mean community, I would have picked up their traits, and I would have been a heck of a lot different.
Last edited by -Lilypad; 10-09-2008 at 05:42 PM.. Reason: rewording for clarification
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.
I have been here for a couple of months and I still ask questions. Don't ever think that some of your questions are stupid. A teacher once told me that the only stupid question is the one you DIDN'T ask. LOL! So........ all questions have a purpose. I know that sometimes I ask a question, that to me seems stupid, but after ??? looking around in here for a while and not finding what I need to know, I just ask. I'm sure that someone has the answer and are more than willing to help. Most people on this site are nice, but just like the rest of the world, there may be some "creep". I figure that what I might ask, might help a new member.
I would just like to say that I have not come across any negative responses or mean spirited people since joining . Iam very grateful and thankful for the kindness and help that has been given to me. With that said, thank you though for thinking about us new people. It's greatly appreciated. ~ lollie
Thank you so much for posting this, I have seen it happen a few times as well.
What we all need to remember is if we remind them and show them the right way, with a *smile*, they are more likely to remember it. They'll pass on that smile and that information, and we'll create a very great circle of kindness .
You'll find a small smile and kind gesture will go a very loooooong way.
Correcting someone in a friendly and polite matter will be so much positive for them... instead of posting "hey! this should be in the open mic..." - post something like -
I am new and nobody has been mean to me. If anyone does do anything disrespectful or rude to me I will post it here. This is a very important thread, and I think this because when people say the things you mentioned, they do not even realize that they are not being nice. This is horrible, and if they are doing it on Webkinz Insider, it would be even worse for them to do it in real life.
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