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Thunderfall
Jun 27, 2002, 04:05 PM
I just finished installing a hack that automatically dispatches a welcome PM to a new member when he/she activates his/her account.

The welcome PM says something like:

PM Title: Welcome to CivFanatics Forum!

PM Body:

Hi $username,

Welcome to the Civilization Fanatics' Forum! Before posting on the forum, please take some time to read through the forum rules and the forum FAQ:

RULES: http://forums.civfanatics.com/forumRules.shtml
FAQ: http://forums.civfanatics.com/misc.php?s=&action=faq

The forum rules page outlines the rules that all members are expected to follow in order to preserve a pleasant and friendly atmosphere on the forum. The forum FAQ contains info on various forum features such as avatars and smilies.

If you still have questions about the forum after reading the above documents, please feel free to post them in the Site Feedback forum (http://forums.civfanatics.com/forumdisplay.php?s=&forumid=19).

Have fun posting and happy Civing! :)

Regards,
Thunderfall
Administrator

PS: Now is a good time to go to your User Control Panel (http://forums.civfanatics.com/usercp.php?s=) to give yourself a cool looking Civish avatar. :) To give yourself a custom title, you'll need to have 10 or more posts and have registered in the forum for at least 10 days.
What other things do you think I should say in the welcome PM?

Pellaken
Jun 27, 2002, 04:31 PM
tell them who you are. Thunderfall the admin. sometimes admins of sites are impossible to find.

spycatcher34
Jun 27, 2002, 05:11 PM
Well it does say
"Regards,
Thunderfall
Administrator"
:rolleyes:

Actually I think it's a pretty nifty Idea. I wish I had gotten one when I joined.... ;)

Ohwell
Jun 27, 2002, 05:18 PM
The person might not notice the PM, because PMs are on the bottom of the page :p Please add them to the top!

Anyway, it seems nice enough.

Becka
Jun 27, 2002, 06:05 PM
I like that idea! :yeah:



Very cool hack. :cooool:

King of Camelot
Jun 27, 2002, 06:08 PM
This place just gets cozier and cozier doesn't it?:D

Knight-Dragon
Jun 27, 2002, 08:18 PM
Why not send in the form of an email or incl in the activation email? Newcomers may not be able to handle PMs at first login.

King of Camelot
Jun 27, 2002, 08:59 PM
Or he could explain about PMs in the PM!:D:lol: Oh wait, that wouldn't work...why not explain how to access the welcome PM in the activation email?(drawing off of what Knight-Dragon said)

Thunderfall
Jun 27, 2002, 11:25 PM
Originally posted by Knight-Dragon
Why not send in the form of an email or incl in the activation email? Newcomers may not be able to handle PMs at first login.
PM is better... New user already gets the account activation and welcome email. :)

I just hope I don't get too many "Thank you" PM replies to the welcome PM. :crazyeye:

damunzy
Jun 27, 2002, 11:35 PM
You could place a disclaimer at the bottom that this PM is an automated message, please do not reply. :)

gonzo_for_civ
Jun 28, 2002, 04:19 AM
You could add in there the names of ALL the moderators at the bottom. Say something like:

Regards from the CivFanatics staff:

MODERATORS:
PH, AoA, blah blah(real forum names of course)

ADMIN:
Thunderfall :king:

Maybe, Maybe not. ;)

philippe
Jun 28, 2002, 06:53 AM
Well it is a good idea.I have to admit sometimes when i bored i send welcome PMs;).

Rodgers
Jun 28, 2002, 07:38 AM
When I first joined I was warned about "spam" "trolling" and "flaming" not being allowed. Not being into computers or jargon much I had NO IDEA what these terms meant. I just looked at the rules and saw Spam is defined but not the other stuff.

How about some sort of description/glossary for those terms -and any others frequently used here?

It also took me a while to work out what BTW and IMHO meant too - but then I'm probably just thick :crazyeye:

duke o' york
Jun 28, 2002, 07:54 AM
starlifter posts welcome messages/adverts for the Civ 2 GotM all over the place but it's not that bad philippe. It's a crime to impersonate a police officer so God knows what the terrible punishment for impersonating TF would be ;).
I think it's an excellent idea to send these messages though - a good way to welcome people and to avoid any embarassment on either part if a newbie breaks several forum rules with the first post. I doubt that this happens a lot but it's better to make sure they know what the rules are beforehand. Well done TF! :goodjob:

In my role as unofficial forum spellchecker and grammar book, I can assure you that the wording is fine. :D

Pellaken
Jun 28, 2002, 09:24 AM
I agree with Rogers. I now know what Spam is, and have an idea what eathier Trolling and or Flaming is, but dont know which one it is :confused: insulting other people, trolling or flaming?

Dell19
Jun 28, 2002, 09:31 AM
Originally posted by duke o' york
God knows what the terrible punishment for impersonating TF would be ;).


Some members did pretend to own the site and they were eventually warned to stop doing it, after they continued to post it on every new member thread.

philippe
Jun 28, 2002, 10:16 AM
Originally posted by duke o' york
pihlippe
PHILIPPE!*sigh*
;)
I wish i got a welcome PM.....

floppa21
Jun 28, 2002, 10:50 AM
But you did get a welcome email Pilliphiy...

Hey I got an idea! How about a 3 day ban when they sign up? And just to make it fair, we can do it for all active members retro-actively!!! :goodjob:

The Balrog
Jun 28, 2002, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by Thunderfall
I just finished installing a hack that automatically dispatches a welcome PM to a new member when he/she activates his/her account.

The welcome PM says something like:

PM Title: Welcome to CivFanatics Forum!

PM Body:


What other things do you think I should say in the welcome PM?

Now i wanna join again.*sigh*


Thunderfall, wont you please send one to me?:love:

.:KNAS:.
Jun 28, 2002, 11:58 AM
actualy, maybe he should send one to members who joined recently to. they may not have gotten the hang of most things yet either

knowltok2
Jun 28, 2002, 02:52 PM
Perhaps include a little statement encouraging posting, don't feel bashful, etc. Something to lesson the intimidation factor and let people know this is a friendly sight.

You may also want to let them know that Floppa is not a mod. ;)

Pellaken
Jun 28, 2002, 07:12 PM
usually, impersonating a mod or administrator gets a VERY tough ban. 1 month for example.

and floppa!!! a mod!!! my god! dont think such horrors!!!

Dell19
Jun 29, 2002, 02:06 AM
Floppa would be a great Mod...It would be funny for about a day, as we could watch everyone get banned...

damunzy
Jun 29, 2002, 05:16 AM
Originally posted by .:KNAS:.
actualy, maybe he should send one to members who joined recently to. they may not have gotten the hang of most things yet either There is a reason that it is automated. :D

I bet phillipenoa agrees.

WarlordMatt
Jun 29, 2002, 07:41 AM
floppa as a mod? u mean the "you young whippersnapper" guy?

I wish I got a welcome PM. Because I would reply to it saying: "Go jump off the Empire State Building you big undeserving 'administrator!'"

Please do not take that seriously! Of course I am J/K!!! Sometimes I cannot control my bad humor! :D:lol:

Switch625
Jun 29, 2002, 09:02 AM
If floppa gets to be a mod, so do I. I think floppa and I would make a good team. There would be order in these forums. :mwaha:

Ohkrana
Jul 01, 2002, 12:33 AM
Perhaps assign a sponsor to new members?

That way they can be groomed to be CFC material??:lol:

spycatcher34
Jul 01, 2002, 08:22 AM
Heh lol funny ohkrana :lol:

Becka
Jul 07, 2002, 03:15 PM
Originally posted by Ohkrana
Perhaps assign a sponsor to new members?

That way they can be groomed to be CFC material??:lol:

Adopt a Newwwwwbie! :satan: :D





Ok, so I registered a forum today that had a welcome PM (not vBulliten) but it worked the same way, I believe.

I think it's a good idea. It gave some newbie forum rules and gave a link to an "introduce yourself" thread. :cooool:

BCLG100
Jul 07, 2002, 03:26 PM
yeh or after a month or so you could get one of the mods or TF to send a
"how are you gettin on " mesage or summin else like it

CurtSibling
Jul 07, 2002, 04:43 PM
How about a meet the regulars message!

Where you get introduced to some of CFC's...um..characters!

:D

Ohkrana
Jul 07, 2002, 06:25 PM
I don't like meeting new people, unless they give me money!:)

WarlordMatt
Jul 07, 2002, 07:12 PM
@Okhrana: LOL :lol::lol: