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On the sound of New Users

Posted March 23rd, 2013 at 11:37 PM by Melody

So I was thinking during the past few days. During this thinking I have come to believe that I have developed a theory about new users.

Basically, your typical New User is pretty shy, and sometime even cautious. Other times they can be loud, brash, and otherwise bold and very active. Depends on the personality. The basis of my theory lies in the amount of "Noise" a user generates. What is noise? It's the discernible impact of the user's net interactions with the rest of the forum members, and it comes in many flavors.

Good kinds of noise are obviously musical in nature, which represents orderly and naturally acceptable behavior online. This is the kind of "Noise" we want all of our new members to generate, as they contribute more to the overall "Sound" of the places they inhabit here.

Bad noise is like static in nature. The louder the static gets, the harder it is for newcomers to hear the music and the harmony. Static consists of all the undesirable noise in the environment.

When a new user joins the forum they generally listen to their surroundings. Some listen longer than others. They then begin generating noise of the type they're surrounded by. If they can't hear the music, they begin generating noise. If they can, they generate music. Sometimes if the user doesn't like what they hear, they leave and fade into silence.

With that being said, I believe that the "Potential" of a new user is directly correlated to their volume, the total number of contributions they make in their first day, week, month and year. However the potential does not provide limiting factors to their impact on the community. It is just a predictive statistic, not something any one unique user should be judged by.

Basically the louder the user is, the more potential they have. Now whether that potential goes to help or hinder the community depends on what they're surrounded with. Static is just as relative to the listener as music is, and we as a community have to understand and work around that as needed.

This may seem obvious as ever to most, but I felt like writing about it.
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    Echidna's Avatar
    Reading this, I'm starting to wish I hadn't acted like a total n00b/douche when I first joined u_u
    If only I could do it all over again. Then again things might not have turned out so great if I wasn't banned from here for a while so, I don't even know ;;

    But well said nonetheless! *clap clap* (:
    Posted March 24th, 2013 at 12:17 AM by Echidna Echidna is offline
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    Treecko's Avatar
    Well said really made me think. I'd like to say I was like alot of users when I first joined more than a year ago. While I still have things to work on, I like to think I'm starting to make somewhat of a loud noise around here. Or I hope I am. I like to believe I'm starting to make my own good music, that gives of those good sound vibes. Though I could be alot louder which is something I want to accomplish.
    Posted March 24th, 2013 at 12:50 AM by Treecko Treecko is offline
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    I guess I could be louder. When I joined I think I barely posted anything.
    Posted March 24th, 2013 at 9:28 AM by Shiny Celebi Shiny Celebi is offline
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    Kura's Avatar
    I think it depends on how big the ego is behind the new member. It's a bit like highschool.
    Posted March 24th, 2013 at 12:56 PM by Kura Kura is offline
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    Melody's Avatar
    Originally Posted by Kura View Comment
    I think it depends on how big the ego is behind the new member. It's a bit like highschool.
    Yes and no. Highschool is more dog-eat-dog than most social situations are.
    Posted March 24th, 2013 at 5:35 PM by Melody Melody is online now
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    Yes, but there is still some resemblance..
    Posted March 25th, 2013 at 4:53 AM by Kura Kura is offline

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