I forget what I intended to separate. Maybe it was a bunch of screenshots of first impressions on mobile, which I do have (if anyone would like to steer me to a suitable
dumping ground for annoyingly large high resolution images of a small screen topic).
Moving on …
For experts, and for others
Yes and no. I suspect that a great deal depends on the avenues through which each person gains his or her first and second impressions.
The avenues in my case
To the best of my recollection
There was the trigger from Discourse Meta, mentioned in post 38 above. A trigger, but that’s not when I actually posted.
A glance at https://www.feverbee.com/ without bothering to bookmark or scroll down. Top of the window, COMMUNITY seemed most likely to link to a Discourse forum. Pointing without clicking, I glanced at the
…experts.feverbee.com domain (bottom left in Firefox) and I might have subliminally wondered why it wasn’t e.g.
community.blah.blah (but please note, this is not a suggestion to change DNS).
Attention to the welcome message within the forum.
Suppression of the urge to follow any link.
A conscious decision to hit the hamburger and make FAQ my second item to be read. This, because I understand the Discourse synonimity between FAQ and guidlines; and because (over the years, through mistakes) I have learnt to place great value on a considerately prepared set of guidelines. To be not only read and understood; the essence of a line should become memorable and should truly guide the behaviour of a member at any level.
Back to the welcome message. Read without rushing.
Follow each link, speed read just enough of each linked page to satisfy myself that I’ll be right for the place (and vice versa: that the place will be right for me).
Something very clearly led me to the long 2015, topic ‘So, what are you working on?’ (I can’t recall what the referring page was, maybe it has been very recently improved to cease directing people that way, or maybe that topic was simply prominent at https://experts.feverbee.com/c/communities).
(Hmm. Navel gaze alert. I thought I had a clear recollection of the order of things but whilst drafting this I began scrolling up from the foot of https://experts.feverbee.com/u/graham_perrin/activity/likes-given and the order is somewhat different. Anyway …)
A long topic with 392 posts so I decided to focus on a recent chunk. IIRC from new year onwards so I used the fancy timeline scroller to reach that point and by weird coincidence within a few seconds I recognised my home town and the name of someone who I associate with SPRU but in fact he’s from IDS, tl;dr the campus where I worked for a decade (a colocation with SPRU) so I immediately felt more comfortable. A few like marks for work-related posts of particular interest.
Then almost certainly into this topic, where I began drafting my first post to the forum.
The short version
I didn’t imagine that the forum would be scarily expert. Things such as this set the tone:
Make this your place
Don’t be afraid to ask ‘stupid questions’. Someone else will learn …
… long list of what you can and can’t do probably isn’t necessary.
You’re Invited - to my cat’s birthday?
I can’t recall what it was about, but I liked the stupidity of the title.
A change to the order of things in the golden rules section of the FAQ. This, I’ll spin into a separate topic.