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If the policy is to allow everyone to welcome new members, could we have our great admins whip up a small line of code that will change w2wmw (for example) into the Welcome to WebmasterWorld [webmasterworld.com] a bit like wmw become WebmasterWorld.
I'm only asking because I got to reply to 5 or 6 messages from new members today :)
There will always be people who dislike Intellitext type advertising, and seeing the same thing for the 10,000th time when it's emphasized with an underline could be just as irritating, as well as losing effectiveness for new members who catch on after they see it for the 10th time for themselves and then more for others. It starts to look automated rather than genuine.
There's a difference between a genuine, sincere welcome and automated "phony" responses. Repetitious automation doesn't convey sincerity any more than a nanny-bot (yes, they called it that) at a long-gone parenting community programmatically put out a welcome message when a new member with low post count or a returning member was detected.
IMHO 10 automated messages for someone who will never return after they get their problem solved isn't worth the possibility of annoying some regulars so that they'll start avoiding threads started by new members.
Aside from this forum, I think it would be best to work a welcome into a well thought out response to a user's query. A bunch of templated welcome messages could become clutter otherwise.
Not a canned welcome message - the rest of the message would be customized. But just the ability to type a quickie 5 character word into the reply box and have the welcome message [webmasterworld.com] linked would ROCK.