We have been doing a lot of thinking lately about how to improve the new member experience and would love to get some community feedback on our initial thoughts.
We have been hearing a lot lately that the community is starting to run low on patience for repeated questions from new users, things that have been asked a million times before and they didn't search before asking. This has resulted in a lot of new members feeling unwelcome after their first interactions on the forums.
To address this we were considering creating a new section on the forums for new members to introduce themselves, ask questions without worry of being attacked for not searching first, and generally get a positive first interaction with the CC community.
By creating a specific section for this, hopefully the members who do not want to deal with these kinds of questions can just not participate in this section of the forums, and those members who enjoy welcoming new members and helping them get started perhaps we could start an official Welcome Committee or something like that.
WOULD LOVE FEEDBACK ON THIS IDEA.
Would it be effective in addressing the needs of both the new members and the existing members? Is this the right way to do it? Other ideas?