I mentioned in a previous blog post about a template that can be used to welcome new editors to the wiki (the {{welcome}} template). Well, I think that that template, although nice enough, is just too cookie-cutter to be used as a dynamic greeting. So I'm looking into desiging new alternative welcome templates. Yes, templates with an 's'. These would be sequentially numbered or lettered (such as {{welcomeA}}, {{welcomeB}}, {{welcomeC}}, etc or {{welcome1}}, {{welcome2}}, {{welcome3}}, etc.) and would have a basic design, but would differ in a few areas.

I'll see if there's any feedback on this before I start. But first, I'll show you an example, based on a couple welcome messages I've left in the past couple days.

Moodlet cheered up happy Welcome to The Sims Wiki!

Thank you for your recent contribution to this wiki. We hope that you'll continue to edit and join the community.

Here are a few things you should check out before you dive into editing:

  • If you're new to Wikis, you should visit this tutorial to get an introduction to wiki editing.
  • If you want to contribute but don't know where to start, check out the projects page.
  • If you want to work on adding information to articles, check out the list of Stubs

If you have questions, suggestions, or concerns regarding the wiki, feel free to post a message on my talk page, or talk to any of the wiki's administrators. Once again, welcome to the wiki! LostInRiverview (talk)(blog) 06:23, June 24, 2010 (UTC)

To be frank, I don't much like the last sentence of that template, but I really didn't know what to say to close it out.

I'd also be interested in creating a "welcome-wagon" group of sorts; that is, frequent editors on this wiki who will look for new editors and grant them a welcoming wish. I know that when a person joins the Wiki they get a message automatically, but it seems way too impersonal since it's the same for everyone.

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