At first I thought I would post this as a fanshot, but I realize this may lead to some healthy discussion from the entire AN community, and would not as easily be seen in the cobwebs where most fanshots lie.
Hey guys, I just thought of something that may be helpful for the newbies and perhaps the entire AN community, as we continue to expand membership, and due to recent events in some fanposts.
Would it be possible for one of you to write a welcome thread that would be easily accessible for new (and returning) members of AN (e.g. having it stay permanently on the sidebar or somewhere else it would be easily seen)? Something short and sweet to explain to new members how they will be able to best contribute to the community before they begin to comment. I, like many of you, really enjoy the discussions, arguments and banter that many of us engage in here, and I think the last thing we want is to make others feel excluded because we may come off as rude or dismissive.
Just a suggestion, and I welcome and and all comments about this idea. Just please try and remember what it was like for you when you first started posting here, and consider whether you think something like this would be constructive towards our online community.