We provide the Introduce yourself! topic as an place for people to introduce themselves. I’m now hoping that we can tweak this pattern a bit!
High threshold to connect
The key concern I have is that a person reading another persons intro will have a quite high threshold to initiate an interaction with that person. While it can be done by a private message, I consider it to have two big downsides:
- It takes a while to learn about private messages (info here: How to send messages in Discourse)
- It is a bigger step to send a private message than to publicly respond to an intro.
I’m not sure if I think it makes sense, but perhaps we could have a discourse category of topics for intros, where each topics is an individual’s intro. If we do it that way, then people have the means to respond publicly directly to that person making the intro.
Inspiration from other forums
I think it would be interesting to see how other Discourse community does this.
Examples of other discourse forums:
- I found a category in this forum about community building, and a specific post about introductions: https://meta.discourse.org/t/best-way-for-new-members-to-introduce-themselves/153963
- This forum has a introduce yourself category: https://community.neo4j.com/c/general/introduce-yourself/7
- I didn’t find an equivalence to an Introduce yourself topic here.
- GitHub’s community forum seem to have an welcome / announcement category, but use a introduce yourself topic just like we do. They also have topics to introduce specific people.
What do you think?