Forum:Welcoming New Users
I've noticed that a lot of users are being welcomed as soon as they create their account. First of all, the generic welcome notice says "thank you for your past contributions". If they haven't even contributed and they check their talk page they will be confused.
Second of all, a few minutes ago I had to block a vandal. When I checked their talk page they had already been "welcomed" before they even began editing. If they checked their talk page before/during their vandalizing then it probably encouraged them to continue.
Therefore I am proposing that we add some sort of rule or guideline saying that you must wait until a user has actually contributed before welcome them just to be on the safe side.
- Oppose - The welcome notice provides numerous editing tips and guidelines that people ought to know before they start editing. Don't give people a chance to screw up the first edit and then throw them the guidelines. If someone intends to vandalize, they will do it either way. If the notice might be confusing to someone who hasn't made an edit yet, we should reword it instead. --Quarenon Talk 23:50, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
- Oppose, my welcome, though obviously a template, was much appreciated and encouraged me to read up a bit on policy. --Serenity1137 00:13, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
Comment- I've already reworded my personal welcome as just saying that I noticed they were a new contributor. So, problem solved simply, reword it. Gone. 00:43, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
Oppose - this isn't directed at you, Andrew, but the wiki seems to be getting policy-crazy now. I don't see why welcoming people needs a policy >_< Christine 01:33, 2 July 2009 (UTC)
Neutral - You know, I personally don't think that it matters if they get welcomed when they create a new account. I usually wait for a contribution, but perhaps rewriting the welcome to make it say "a new contributor" would solve the issue instead of the "recent edits" version. ~MuzTalk 01:45, 2 July 2009 (UTC)