Skip to comments.Noob Forum?
Posted on 02/11/2010 10:09:01 AM PST by wizard1961
Would a forum to invite newbies to ask questions help increase participation?
For instance, I'd like to see a "block" for the current hottest top 20 posts. This would measure hits over time, weighing the last hour as much more important than hits more than 12 hours ago. This would help avoid duplicate posts & help organize comments.
I'd post questions about "us" there as well, such as: is the main thing we have in common a love for the literal US Constitution?
What IS FR?
Did a moose really bite your sister?
Do I have to like cheese?
Are your series about BTTT?
Is there a hugh problem if I am not IBTZ?
I'm getting into the shower now, so please keep me posted.
It would be hard to criticize but I'm sure someone would. If so, ping me.
Why not just wade in and become part of instead of hanging to the side????
What’s up with THAILAND????
COme on now this is series and hugh
There's no hard rule, but it really, really helps if you do.
Cool! I'll get the popcorn. You jump in the shower.
What’s a NOOB???
Why is 0bama such a moslem?
One thing that would be helpful to noobs (well, I would find it helpful) is to have a link to the list of news sources with copyright restrictions (i.e. http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1111944/posts ) directly on the posting page. Whenever I am posting from a new source I lose a minute or two trying to find it.
That's what the "Activity" sort already does.
The best way to increase participation is to jump right in and follow these two rules:
1. Don’t make it/take it personal
2. Don’t be an a$$
Simple as that. As a noob, prepare to piled on because, well, that’s how we do it ‘round these parts...
For a Noob, you certainly know the right questions to ask!
So.. we want to filter out people who are not aggressive? This is a deliberately Darwinian technique? We do not want to become TOO big, right?
thanks for that.
I was thinking craig's list.
Welcome to FRee Republic! I remember having some difficulty navigating my first few months, but soon enough you’ll be able to get what you want. The current latest posts are on the main “Comments” page of “Everything,” and if you look, you can see how many posts to the thread there are. That will give you some idea of the “hot topics.”
Let me encourage you to just read for a few months. I am STILL learning new things about FR after 10+ years, it’s a very user friendly site.
Thanks for being a newbie, or “N00b” or any of the other things you’ll be called. Most N00bs get a bit of hazing, but hang in there, you will soon get a reputation from what you post, and you will find yourself in the middle of a bunch of conservatives! (Like a herd of cats, we DO tend to be difficult at times...)
Again, Welcome! ;-D
That would just lead you to the Religion Forum...
Dude. New people visit. The interface is awkward. They leave. We could have more influence than we do. I want to avoid elections like we had in 2008. This is a great place, I want visitors to stick around.
What if I can’t post this question? How will you ever know?
First my name isn't dude. Second I was trying to help you. You're on your own now.
“That’s what the “Activity” sort already does. “
Thanks. Sorry for the ignorance... I’m new here.
For other newbies... I think the “activity” thing could be more intuitive. Or, I’ll admit I sometimes miss the obvious.
There are no dumb questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Are we supposed to wear pancake hats?
“The best way to increase participation is to jump right in and ...”
The best way is to have new people be able to quickly understand.
If you WANT to KEEP visitors, expecting them to figure everything out... to jump right in... this is NOT the most effective technique.
Hey, I lurked for 2 years and still got crosswise with A+Bert shortly after signing up. (Old timers will appreciate the gravity of that!)
Another thing to note: Use the actual headline of the article. That way others can search and see if the story has already been posted.
Because, lord knows, every time a story about the Sissy Weakling in the Oval is produced, you’ll always be tempted to rewrite the headline to “Obama sticks it to us again”, “Obama bows to the Burger King” or some such.
Who died and made you king?
"What should I do to get more hits for my blog?"
"How come Free Republic doesn't have avatars?"
For the best response you should post them in breaking news.
“All you seek is here. “
I check out the youtube, and thanks.
On the other hand... while I am certainly willing to work to figure out the rules... what I really “seek” is an easier onramp for visitors.
Directing visitors to a different site is awkward.
I keep reading “this is how we do things” and that is great... but... if, say...
If a bunch of older tea party people wander in with curiosity — just piss on them?
Do you still need 51% of the vote to win elections?
As soon as you make something fool proof, along comes a fool looking to make a name for themselves.
“I am STILL learning new things about FR after 10+ years, its a very user friendly site.”
Because we'd get more losers like that dude with the homosexual anthropomorphic fox avatar from Second Life...
And some of the users are friendly while others aren't.
“First my name isn’t dude. Second I was trying to help you. You’re on your own now. “
I will be just fine! My point, though, is I want to increase OUR influence. Times are changing, and new folks are interested. They are not as PC savvy as “we” are. We should make an effort to pull them in.
You WERE trying to help. Thanks! (silly me, I was just told to expect rough stuff... I thought I was “in the spirit” and all that...)
My attempt with “Dude” was for CLARITY.
Sure, lot’s of people here are used to the FR culture.
But... its time we aimed higher.
I see this theme repeatedly: Gee, any expert here knows how a noob should easily become oriented...
This is kinda obtuse, right?
But I wanted to be king this week.
Let the hazing begin
No offense, pal, but I’ve been here going on damn near ten years and I know how it works. If people want to understand what goes on here, they can read the home page. It’ll tell them all they need to know about it.
Speaking of “jumping right in,” there’s a section on the home page entitled “Jump Right In!” - it takes you right to the forums. What could be simpler than that?
If noobs want to ask questions, they can post questions either in the format of a thread or in the comments on the thread. There’s plenty of friendly people here that are willing to lend a helping hand to those who are willing to learn. If people are too sissified and have too thin a skin and they wanna whine about the way they get piled on in here we don’t want ‘em! (Cue Tom Petty’s “Don’t Come Around Here No More”...) Most all of us have gone through this at one time or another (other than the really early guys circa ‘98/’99).
Do we want to keep more visitors, or not?
Maybe it should be a n00b belt.
I dunno, the class of ‘98 is pretty badass.