A NEWBIE REGISTERS AND POSTS AN INTRO TOPIC: REPLY TO THEIR INTRO THREAD WITH A GREETING! Newbies want to feel like they are noticed and welcomed. As soon as you see an intro topic, say hello! Avoid replying with "stock" responses. There's going to be lots of members that are going to repeat the same "Hello & Welcome" phrases. We don't want our hellos to look like they're copy-pasted auto-responders. So when you go to reply, make sure to read their topic and if they don't offer much information there, check their profile. Then make sure you make comment on something personal about them. Work in suggestions of Iwaku areas or roleplays they might like, based on the info they give! Don't get in to banter with other members. The intro thread is supposed to be about the newbie! Nothing worst than members stealing your spotlight. D: If you see other members starting to derail, get the topic back on the newbie by asking them questions. That'll help get to know them better and see what areas of the site to suggest them to. CHECK UP ON THE NEWBIE AFTER A COUPLE DAYS. After the initial intro, we want to see if the newbie has been snooping around and getting involved in things. Drop a post in their Visitor Messages to ask how they're doing. This lets newbies know they haven't been forgotten. Asking them if they're finding stuff okay, if they've found any roleplays they like, and if not... Asking what kind of roleplays they WANT to see is a great way to draw them in. Invite the newbie to a club, or to come participate in a thread or roleplay! Clubs help people feel like they belong to something special, and obviously our goal is to have every member involved in at least one kind of roleplay activity. This is another good opportunity to see what sort of things they like, so we can provide stuff that interests them. REMEMBER; MEMBERS ARE IMPORTANT TOO! If we hook them, they eventually become members. Members are just important, so don't forget people just because they aren't new anymore. Ever so often, randomly drop on to someone's profile to see if they're having any fun or invite them to check out some threads. This will work for ALL members up until they hit the Grouchy "Everything Sucks" age. >>; By that point, nothing makes them happy but complaining. -- At least you could always have a rant sessions with them. XD So my sweets, get out there and get to know our newbies!