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Tue May 22, 2012, 12:23 PM

New forum: Welcome & Help

We've created a new top-level forum called "Welcome & Help." The purpose of this forum is to welcome new DU members, to let members get to know one another, and to provide DU-specific help and support.

The Welcome & Help forum can be found here:

http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=forum&id=1256

...and the forum's Statement of Purpose is:

Introduce yourself here! Meet and greet other DUers, share tips about DU, and get help in a positive, supportive environment. No whining about DU. People who create an unwelcoming atmosphere will be blocked from this forum.

Meanwhile, we have made some slight changes to the Help & Meta-discussion forum. Help & Meta-discussion has been renamed to Meta-discussion and it is now only available to logged-in members. We have also changed the Statement of Purpose slightly. The new Statement of Purpose for Meta-discussion is:

Discuss Democratic Underground policies and procedures. Second-guess decisions by Juries, Hosts, and Administrators. Work through problems between members. Discuss the DU Community Standards. Bemoan the current state of DU.

Thanks for your patience while we continue to work to improve DU.

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Reply New forum: Welcome & Help (Original post)
Skinner May 2012 OP
sharp_stick May 2012 #1
maddezmom May 2012 #2
William769 May 2012 #3
TBF May 2012 #4
Stinky The Clown May 2012 #5
pacalo May 2012 #6
PoliticAverse May 2012 #7
cbayer May 2012 #8
Gormy Cuss May 2012 #12
ms liberty May 2012 #9
Skinner May 2012 #11
Make7 May 2012 #27
NRaleighLiberal May 2012 #10
wildeyed May 2012 #13
cbayer May 2012 #14
Skinner May 2012 #16
MineralMan May 2012 #19
Viva_La_Revolution May 2012 #15
dixiegrrrrl May 2012 #17
Skinner May 2012 #18
DonCoquixote May 2012 #20
pinto May 2012 #21
swimboy May 2012 #22
Lars39 May 2012 #26
scarletwoman May 2012 #23
skeewee08 May 2012 #24
Rex May 2012 #25
JHB May 2012 #28
grantcart May 2012 #29
posteroftruth7 May 2012 #30
Paulie May 2012 #31
uppityperson May 2012 #32
Paulie May 2012 #33

Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:27 PM

1. Excellent forum

I think new members will be a lot happier there.

Thank you.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:29 PM

2. excellent idea

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:32 PM

3. Great!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:35 PM

4. Awesome. nt

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:37 PM

5. A MOST welcome change!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:38 PM

6. Excellent!


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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:41 PM

7. Excellent decision. n/t

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 12:57 PM

8. Great move, imo. H & M is not exactly the most welcoming place for new members.

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Response to cbayer (Reply #8)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:25 PM

12. Not exactly welcoming?That's an understatement!



Separate Help and Meta forums are a much needed improvement. Thanks, Skinner.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:09 PM

9. Please tell me where to find the Glossary!

I tried to find it a month or so ago in order to direct a newbie to it...they were advising another member about their misspelling of "moran" - and I couldn't find it anywhere! I was quite dismayed!

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Response to ms liberty (Reply #9)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:13 PM

11. We may need to re-create it.

And when we do, we'll pin it to the top of the Welcome forum.

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Response to ms liberty (Reply #9)

Wed May 23, 2012, 02:28 AM

27. Although somewhat outdated, the DU2 one can still be found:

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:11 PM

10. Fantastic! Thanks, Skinner.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:43 PM

13. "Bemoan the current state of DU." Haha!

Love it

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:44 PM

14. "People who create an unwelcoming atmosphere will be blocked from this forum."

As the hosts only responsibility is to lock threads that don't meet SOP, how should we best alert you if someone is violating this part of the SOP?

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Response to cbayer (Reply #14)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:16 PM

16. Alert on a thread in the Hosts forum.

That'll let us know.

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Response to Skinner (Reply #16)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:29 PM

19. That should work well.

Thanks.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 01:44 PM

15. I read.. Welcome and Hug

darnit

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:16 PM

17. Skinner..I strongly urge Admn to consider making call outs verboten, as in DU2.

It seems to me, from my peeks at H&M, that a LOT of contentious posts and subsequent alerts concerned callouts.
the "new" Meta is sure to have the same problems unless callouts are addressed.
What do you think?

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Response to dixiegrrrrl (Reply #17)

Tue May 22, 2012, 02:18 PM

18. I think that juries will hide callouts if they feel they are inappropriate.

And I think the members in the Meta-discussion forum will make clear when they feel a call-out has crossed the line.

I think that is enough.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 03:45 PM

20. Very Good idea

One that we have needed for a long, long time. frankly, I thought THIS is what DU 2.0 should have done.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 04:01 PM

21. Kudos. Great changes on the forum set-ups.

imo

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 05:53 PM

22. Great idea!

Now I'll take just a moment to doff my fez to remember the remarkable work of newyorker99 who welcomed me and so many others.

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Response to swimboy (Reply #22)

Tue May 22, 2012, 11:01 PM

26. Huzza! We're all newyorker99 now.

I don't know how on earth she managed to find them so quickly, but it was comforting to see her in a newbie's thread.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 06:14 PM

23. Outstanding! This is an excellent development!

I'm really loving watching DU3 evolve! This is great!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 06:56 PM

24. Thanks

this is AWESOME!!!!!

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2012, 06:56 PM

25. Puuuuuuuuuuuurfect.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Wed May 23, 2012, 10:11 AM

28. Will this forum get a clearly-visible place on the home page?

Some years back I set up something similar on a wikia on which I have admin privileges. No one ever used it, largely because you'd have to already be familiar with the place to know it was there (I lost the argument with other admins for better placement on the landing page).

This isn't one of those "if you build it they will come" sorts of things. You need to point people to it.

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Thu May 24, 2012, 06:59 PM

29. "Brilliant Idea" I say, "Brillliant".

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Response to Skinner (Original post)

Sat May 26, 2012, 07:53 AM

30. Sadly new people canít post to say hi until they get enough posts.

 


Kinda pointless and not a great way to make people feel welcome.

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Response to posteroftruth7 (Reply #30)

Sat May 26, 2012, 08:04 AM

31. Well it's a small check against potential disrupters

There is so much to explore on DU, participating with a few posts is a great way to learn about our community.

Welcome to DU!

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Response to Paulie (Reply #31)

Sat May 26, 2012, 12:59 PM

32. Ironic, isn't it?

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #32)

Sat May 26, 2012, 01:13 PM

33. Don't ya think? Just like the song. Heh

The controls are effective with no material weaknesses.

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