We've started up a new community and want to develop a short Guide for New Members that details some of the basics and helps them get acclimated quickly and comfortably. Does anyone have a sample they would share?
We typically do this as a quick-start video tutorial that we segment into smaller pieces so that they can be consumed quickly and in context. Here's a sample of a segment we did for Toastmasters International.
When I was at SitePoint, I set up a 'banner' of orientation information for new users. If you go to http://community.sitepoint.com/ (assuming you're not a member) you'll see what I mean.
You then get sent a welcome message which looks like this.
Edit: Ugh, that looks horrific. There is no styling, but you get an idea of the content. If you want to see a better version, contact me and I'll figure something out.
I've always liked Stack Overflow's intro, it manages to be very direct, yet not condescending.
Thanks, everyone. Super helpful!