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Re: Limiting new members emails

From: Anne-Gaelle Colom <annegaelle.colom@googlemail.com>
Date: Thu, 4 May 2017 14:50:10 +0100
Message-ID: <CAEZrbQKGFG20i6qEvChmPyJt8yU4LLXWGh3ndQ_+pfpbqM5qAQ@mail.gmail.com>
To: "Patrick H. Lauke" <redux@splintered.co.uk>
Cc: public-webapps@w3.org, Léonie Watson <tink@tink.uk>
Dear All,

I would like to support Léonie's point. Joining a new team/group can be
quite daunting and the best way for new members to contribute is to make
them feel welcome, give them all the information they need to do so, and
make it clear that their contributions are valued. The warm welcome message
that I received from Léonie when I joined recently did exactly that. It put
me enough at ease that I felt able to contribute straight away rather than
go into observation mode first.

I also echo Patrick's point that it is good to hear about new members,
their background and their expertise. To reduce noise, we could recommend
that responses to introductions should go to the member only rather than
being copied onto the mailing list as well, but I feel that losing the
welcome and introduction emails altogether would be detrimental.

Kind regards,

Anne

On Thu, May 4, 2017 at 10:27 AM, Patrick H. Lauke <redux@splintered.co.uk>
wrote:

> On 04/05/2017 10:10, Léonie Watson wrote:
>
>> On 01/05/2017 13:27, marcos@marcosc.com wrote:
>>
> [...]
>
>> We need to find better ways of on-boarding new people than sending
>>>
>> these emails.
>>
>> Which probably means we could do better at making them feel welcome
>> and/or helping them get started. The idea of introducing them to another
>> active participant is worth exploring - how do you think it might work
>> in practice?
>>
>
> (Biting my tongue not to comment on the irony that this thread about
> limiting the amount of emails sent to this list probably accounts for the
> largest number of emails I received from this list in a while) I'll just
> add that I don't mind the occasional "such and such joined" message on
> various W3C lists. Easily ignorable, and I often find it quite interesting
> to know/see who joined and to perhaps reach out to them (off-list, sure) to
> offer help/advice to get started.
>
> The "there's no need to introduce them, let their contributions be their
> introduction" argument does smack a tad of meritocracy.
>
> With that, I'll go back in lurk mode so as not to anger the
> message-counters.
>
> P
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