HEY RECENTLY REGISTERED NEW PEOPLE! WE NEED YOUR HELP! We're trying to make sure the registration process is as simple and informative as possible. So no matter how forum savvy or forum dumb a person might be, those first "Oh shit, I'mma newbie, what do I do first!?!" answers are RIGHT THERE for you as soon as you register. Obviously, for an old person like me, I forget what it's like being new. And I'm not always sure what is "lololol everyone should know __" from "omg omg I am so confused!" So I need YOUR HELP! Please take a look at the things below, and relate your experience when first registering. Anything you were confused by, had issues with, or suggestions you might have. It's super appreciated! WHEN A PERSON FIRST REGISTERS THEY GET... 1. THIS MESSAGE ON THE INDEX. (Move your mouse to reveal the content) 1. THIS MESSAGE ON THE INDEX. (open) 1. THIS MESSAGE ON THE INDEX. (close) <div style="background-color: #000000;text-align: justify; padding: 5px; color: #ffffff;font-size:12px;"><font face="Book Antiqua" size=6 color=coral><b>HEY NEWBIE!</b></font><br> Welcome to Iwaku!<br><br> Your account is currently marked as <u>NEW ACCOUNT</u> In order for us to make sure your account is not one of those annoying spambots, you must make <b>6 posts</b> on the forum to show you are a live human being, before you'll able to use all of the extra features of Iwaku. (The private messages and the Blogs!)<br><br> <b>ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS:</b><br> - Say Hello in <a href="forumdisplay.php?f=11">Member Central</a> if you haven't already. We'd like to meet you!<br> - Should you have ANY questions or need help, post a topic in our <a href="forumdisplay.php?f=12">Feedback</a> forum and someone will give you a hand.<br><br> Or feel free to jump right on in to a roleplay or get posting on the forums! No wait required!</div> The above displays to all new accounts letting people know they have to verify being human. We HAVE to do this because robots are getting so smart now. Is this message clear and understandable? 2. THIS MESSAGE IN THEIR PMs (Move your mouse to reveal the content) 2. THIS MESSAGE IN THEIR PMs (open) 2. THIS MESSAGE IN THEIR PMs (close) Hi There! Thanks for checking out Iwaku! Iwaku wants to be a fun escape from reality with our roleplays. To help you get started, here are the first places to go: Make sure you validated your email address! Some email providers have problems receiving the validation email, so if you didn't get one - check your spam box. Validating your email allows you to post in all areas of the forum. We have problems with spambots so all members need to have a valid email address. Give us a Hello in New Arrivals and Departures! We'd like to get you know you better and welcome you to the community! You'll also find a thread there to give your roleplay partners notice when you're going to be away for awhile, and one to let people know when you've changed your username. The Iwaku Guide has everything you'd ever need to know! From stuff about the roleplays, to handy resources, a lot of a newbie's questions can be answered with the Guide. It also contains a quick blurb about the site rules so Staff won't come chasing you with a stick. Of course, if you wanna get started roleplaying right away, there's always the Roleplay Guide! The guide has everything you need to know for jumping in to an Iwaku Roleplay right away. Need help with anything? There's the Questions, Ideas & Feedback forum! If you find something broken, have a question, or just want to share some ideas, you can post there. If you want to talk to someone in private, you can message anyone with a Red or Blue name. They are the Staff Members and are happy to help. We hope you enjoy your stay here with us! May the Muse be with you, The Iwaku Staffers The above is a basic PM with links to our most important info sections! 3. WHEN THEIR ACCOUNT IS VERIFIED AS HUMAN THEY SEE THIS MESSAGE (Move your mouse to reveal the content) 3. WHEN THEIR ACCOUNT IS VERIFIED AS HUMAN THEY SEE THIS MESSAGE (open) 3. WHEN THEIR ACCOUNT IS VERIFIED AS HUMAN THEY SEE THIS MESSAGE (close) <div style="background-color: #000000;text-align: justify; padding: 5px; color: #ffffff;font-size:12px;"><font face="Book Antiqua" size=6 color=coral><b>You are now a full fledged new member!</b></font><br> Yay! You now have a fully activated Newbie Member account. You can now use all of the features of Iwaku and play to your heart's content. <br><br> <b>WHAT TO DO NOW:</b><br> - Fill out the <a href="profile.php?do=extra">Roleplay Resume</a> in your profile. It's a great tool to let others know what you're interested in.<br> - Check out our <a href=http://www.iwakuroleplay.com/content.php>Community 101 Guide</a> for anything and everything you need to know about playing on Iwaku. - If you made a mistake or want to change your User Name, you can do so <a href="profile.php?do=editprofile">here</a>.<br> - Should you have ANY questions or need help, post a topic in our <a href="forumdisplay.php?f=12">Feedback</a> forum and someone will give you a hand!</div> The above is basic must know info for any newbie and some important links. Is this clear and useful? Aside from the above messages that are directly sent to new members, we have the COMMUNITY 101 GUIDE which is supposed to be the basic guide to Iwaku. And the ROLEPLAY 101 GUIDE as the basic how to roleplay on Iwaku intruction. Are those two guides useful and answer all questions, or are they missing anything and a little out of date? ...And if you have any addition suggestions or comments, we would love to hear them!