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paynt




msg:523236
 11:00 pm on May 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

With so many new members joining daily as well as the enormous number of you who lurk, waiting for the moment to feel comfortable about posting, we thought it might be a good idea to create this discussion as a way of pointing you to helpful and relevant information that will not only make your experience here at Webmaster World more beneficial but will hopefully lighten the burden for the established membership.

First, please feel welcomed. You will hear that a few times when you first start posting and we mean that sincerely. Webmaster World is a place of learning. In that spirit we have a few rules to follow and those you found in the TOS you agreed to when you first registered. Now, itís plain that not everyone actually reads those but weíre going to suggest you do before you post because this is going to help you out considerably as well as the established members. This is the Terms of Usage and Conditions of Service [webmasterworld.com].

If you donít understand what something means here than contact a moderator of any of the forums and they will gladly explain things. This is also true if youíre not sure where to post something or if you have questions about whether your post is acceptable or appropriate. The tool that will really help you here is the sticky mail link at the top of the page. You can find out how to use this here Ė sticky mail [webmasterworld.com]. This is a wonderful tool offered through Webmaster World.

There are other really helpful links found at the top of the screen. We love the site search [searchengineworld.com]. This link will save you lots of time when youíre looking for past discussions, resource information, or to get a feel about certain members. I am constantly referring to it when I post a response because although information is changing constantly in the search industry, older discussions can be quite relevant for background.

Other helpful tools include the glossary [searchengineworld.com] . Knowing the terms folks are using to respond to your questions helps put us closer to being on the same page. Remember, Webmaster World members come from all over the world as seen by this sampling in a discussion called Where is everyone from? [webmasterworld.com] .

Something thatís come up recently was a discussion started by sparrow called Curiosity Question - Intimidation Factor [webmasterworld.com] ďBe honest, is there any feelings of intimidation in forumsĒ. I hope folks will keep weighing in on this one because itís right for us as a community to consider issues like this in welcoming our new members.

Donít forget to read the help [webmasterworld.com] section. Answers to many of your board related questions and how things work around here questions are answered there.

For newbies (new to the web or new to the board and those wanting to expand their knowledge base) especially will find the library [webmasterworld.com] helpful. This is full of past discussions that we believe are worthy of keeping around to reference and study. There is some really great information in there.

A hugely popular link, especially among the senior members and those of us that pop in every few minutes or so is the recent posts [webmasterworld.com] link also found at the top of your screen. Itís probably safe to say thatís one of the most addictive things about Webmaster World. There are some neat little tricks to it as well. If you click on the MSGs link it will regroup the results. Moderators and senior members like this to find orphan posts (ones where the poster didnít receive a response yet). If you have some extra time and want to help out check that out and jump in.

When you spend enough time around here youíll see the amount of information can seem overwhelming. To help with this we have a flag [webmasterworld.com] tool, which is a bookmark system. You can use it to collect your personal favorites; discussions youíve commented in and those that you like to refer back to.

Of course youíll want to remember the front [webmasterworld.com] page. This is where youíll find the ĎHot Topicsí or the ĎHottest Threadsí. I of course set my browser to open to the homepage. I wonder how many others do.

I suggest getting to know the board, checking out the members through their profile links found in the little box next to their post, and reading up on past discussions before jumping in. By then you will feel like a real pro.

We stay clear of self-promoting, do that and someone will point out itís just not done around here and that includes URL drops. Weíre a learning board not a self-promotion board and we follow that strictly.

Feel free to drop a sticky to a moderator if someone does drop a URL or you think they are self promoting. The moderators are trained on how to comfortably handle these situations.

We all get cranky sometimes but itís good to remember when posting here at Webmaster World to stay friendly and play nice Ė no flaming or critical remarks are allowed to stay.

If you are curious about the moderators you may want to check out the Moderators Handbook [webmasterworld.com]. There is some really helpful information to be found there, particularly if you have interest in moderating or questions about the moderator duties. You might find Brettís comments here interesting:

It is a rare exception when a users post needs editing. Please remember we are dealing with people from all over the world, from all experience levels, and all points of view. I believe strongly in the freedom of speech and in respecting other peoples contributions to the board.

Donít forget to read the forum charter before posting. Each forum has itís own charter which explains the general posting rules for that particular topic. The idea here is to keep each of the forums on topic. An example would be linking. Linking in general as it affects all search engines or as a general website strategy would be discussed in Reciprocal Linkage Topics. A more specific comment or question about linking as it relates entirely to Google would better suit a discussion started in Google. If you have a question about where to post remember itís ok to contact the moderator.

Iím going to hand this over so other moderators and senior members can jump in and post their suggestions and ideas for helping you all to feel comfortable and welcomed.

Peace be with you all ~

 

tbear




msg:523237
 11:16 pm on May 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

Phew..... you just about sum it all up wonderfully there. I'd like to second everything you say (even though I'm fairly new myself...) ;)

brotherhood of LAN




msg:523238
 11:19 pm on May 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

< would just like to slip in a small note.

Check out the topics that senior members were asking 6 months ago. Compare them with what you have today, and you'll know that for every person that visits WMW will have read each of them at least TWICE (no doubt), and are prepared to openly share what they know with you. It is priceless. The only price you pay is WMW prefers you to be polite. Not hard at all! :)

I was looking for this place for a while. It's a fountain of knowledge, waiting to be tapped by you. Not only is the information sound, the people are great.

You just need to look at the list of forums and appreciate the amount of information to be learned, and find out that no one person is bigger than the forum and the info it contains :) Happy lurking and posting

paynt




msg:523239
 12:06 am on Jun 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

I completely spaced out reminding you all about our sister site at Search Engine World [searchengineworld.com]. Youíll find topic related articles, super tools that will help your site development and other useful information. If you havenít visited there yet be sure to plan to spend a bit of time.

WebRookie




msg:523240
 1:09 am on Jun 1, 2002 (gmt 0)

Excellent post, paynt! A great overview of the support and tools available through Webmasterworld.

paynt




msg:523241
 11:34 pm on Jun 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

There are always a few additional posts to add. I think these are helpful.

A few other posts that I believe are useful for this discussion are ones pertaining to the new look and new tools here at Webmaster World.

Welcome to WebmasterWorld v3 [webmasterworld.com]
WebmasterWorld Custom Skins [webmasterworld.com]

I also like this thread although you can find them in the library link as well.

Post Hall of Fame - And the nominees are? [webmasterworld.com]

And of course these concerns often come up.

Pointing specialist questions to other forums [webmasterworld.com]
Professional Forum Spammers [webmasterworld.com]
URL links in posts [webmasterworld.com]

And please remember this oneÖ

Helping out - simple thing you can do [webmasterworld.com]

Oh, why weíre at it, hereís a reminder of one of the reasons this place works so well ;)

Webmasterworld moderators receive highest award [webmasterworld.com]

victor




msg:523242
 9:59 am on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thank you Paynt -- what a good place to start.

But this thread will drift down and down and out of sight (site?).

How about a "Welcome" or "FAQ" Forum that contains only locked threads and cannot be posted to. It could contain:

-- your post
-- posting guidelines
-- pointers to crucial threads (Google FAQ, etc)

And generally be a good place to get oriented in.

Brett_Tabke




msg:523243
 3:57 pm on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

Great post Paynt!

victor, something similar is on the drawing board. More a faq oriented than a forum oriented. As you may know, I'm trying to keep the software fairly standardized, generic, yet customizable. That leads to some serious overhead time for feature development. When I refresh the help files, some action with be taken on a Faq or help forum.

caine




msg:523244
 4:18 pm on Jun 21, 2002 (gmt 0)

seriously impressive work Paynt.

I enjoyed the various trips into my own past as a member of webmasterworld with all them links that you provided, as well as remembering where i had read or asked all them questions. I like the hall of fame posts, makes me feel like finding one that has impressed my but hasn't made it their yet.

Tor




msg:523245
 1:51 pm on Jul 5, 2002 (gmt 0)

This is great work Paynt. Just what I would have needed when I first started posting here...:)

This will help all newcomers a lot.

paynt




msg:523246
 6:51 pm on Aug 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

A new discussion started with tips for using the search feature [webmasterworld.com]. We encourage you to try different searches before starting a new topic, to see if it's been talked about before. Along with that, if you decide to start a new topic, maybe the old one is months old and you want an update, then start a new discussion with a link to the original reference. This helps tie the flow of information together and with the wealth of content here to wade through, I encourage links to previous discussions when those discussions merit attention.

paynt




msg:523247
 12:56 pm on Aug 31, 2002 (gmt 0)

There is a discussion going on at WebmasterWorld Google Forum News [webmasterworld.com]. This discussion provides great information from Brett about the new focus for the Google forum along with a renewed emphasis on the importance of writing a good title.

<note Ė when starting a new discussion - write the best title I can to best describe the true nature of the question or input. >

paynt




msg:523248
 5:57 pm on Oct 29, 2002 (gmt 0)

I haven't bumped this up in a bit but I do see it offered to new members and people coming in from lurking. Again, I would like to welcome you to Webmaster World.

A reminder to the membership the request we send out asking you to find an orphan discussion [webmasterworld.com] and respond if you can, especially to welcome a new member. This welcoming continues to be a bit of the charm that makes up Webmaster World.

Along that vein I thought I would share from the Moderators Handbook [webmasterworld.com] for the rest of us who want to do something but arenít sure where we fit in to helpÖ.

Door Greeter
The Door Greeter (DG) will be responsible for welcoming each new user to Webmaster World. It will be up to the DG to put the face on Webmaster World as our Ambassador of goodwill to the membership base. I consider this to be one of the most important positions in the whole system. It is going to take special people to fill this position (there may be multiple door greeters and the name may also change).
As the roving ambassador of goodwill, the DG will come into direct contact with all users - it may very well be the "cheery" position for promotion on the system.
Requirements for becoming a door greeter: The requirements for DG's are more visceral than logistic or objective.
∑A person with a precocious cheerleader type personality who enjoys people and not afraid to tell you all about it.
∑Must love meeting people from all walks of life.
∑An extreme level of tolerance for people with opposing view points.
∑Cultural awareness (eg: speaks in politically correct language).
∑Someone who can light up a forum when they walk in.
∑Someone who can smile their way out of any predicament.
∑Someone who would classify themselves as a promoter.
∑A self starter ;-)

Cool Brett, you think of everything and itís just another reason why I like this place so much.

Which before I go reminds meÖ I should encourage you all to visit the donate button! [webmasterworld.com]

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