Posted 03 March 2007 - 11:04 AM
I would like to also vote for a newbie entry point that would not overwhelm someone when they first get into the site. If I remember right, I first got here while trying to solve something, which compounds the problem. You are so focused on getting the problem solved that you do not see the other advantages of this type of community.
Before I rant any farther, I would like to extend a very heart felt thank you to this forum, and to RichieUK specifically for the assistance on getting the problems with my computer fixed so fast. I fully intend to make a donation in the next few days to show my appreciation.
If I remember right, I originally got into this site via a google search on fixing some kind of problem, and I am thinking that between word of mouth and doing searches this is how many people arrive here. I would suggest a home page or some type of gallery that visually draws someone, even when they are in panic mode about real or imagined problems. From years of experience i can tell you that people will pay much more attention once that have been calmed down and realize that they are in good hands and that the problem will go away.
Something more to think about, how about a little history about the site. How and when it started, how you are able to enlist such a talented team, some of the inner workings, Etc. I know I would be interested.
So much for my two cents and a little more. I may not be a technical wizard by any means, but if there is anything i can do other than just feed the kitty, please let me know. I may have something you can use.
First Home Build Computer
Antec Case/Asus A7n8x-e/1 Gig Memory/AMD XP-2700
PNY 7600 gs Video/Creative Sound Blaster/2 Maxtor 80Gig HD
Windows XP Pro SP-2
An oldster who loves playing
with this stuff