I’m also wondering about this.
I’ve seen new users who took time to fill their profiles (custom fields and even avatars) but won’t post anything and, often, won’t get back on the forum.
This is the case on any forum, but I’d like to improve this and tell them that the place is warm and friendly
Actually, we have 1 sticky topic, (visible to anyone who hasn’t read it, so new visitors as well as new accounts), which explain what is the forum about, who is welcomed, what you’ll find here and also give bits of info about our associated WordPress website.
We also have a subcategory dedicated to people’s self-introduction. This is a subcategory of our “general” category.
The problem is that being a subcategory, it is not visible in our category selector until we click on “Autour d’une roue”, which is our general category… Not sure this is the best practice to name our general category “around a wheel” but it has been the historical name of the general category of your unicycling forum for almost 20 years…
Here it is!
So, unless they created their account for the purpose of creating a specific topic they had in mind, new people have no incentives to post their first topic.
So I think I’ll do the following:
- Shorten the pinned topic which is long and boring. Remove all the unnecessary information. Keep it short and simple.
- Move the self-introductions subcategory out of our general category and make it a category of its own to make it more visible.
- Either focus the current pinned topic on encouraging people to present themselves, either (tell me if it is possible) sending an automatic private message to newly created accounts to encourage them to present themselves.
Also, is there any way to, sort of, “features” the self-introduction category for newly created accounts? For example, having a box on top of the forum home page with a big link to this category or something like this that would say here until the user closes the box or create a topic in this category?