Looking for feedback on how best to welcome beginners to the forum

#6

A pined “start here” would be good. Especially if it contained regularly maintained links to the latest versions of the browser, WHM and others. That, hopefully, would let n00bs get tore in straight away.

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#7

I agree. That’s both a good idea and a great starting point for beginners

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#8

:joy:

No hiding where home-base is…

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#9

It might be useful to have more than one “start here” forum. Perhaps a General User FAQ with simplistic explanations of what the SAFE network is for those who simply want to know why they should use it and how to do it with no tech speak - Plain English certified and a separate Developer FAQ for those who’d like to take a look at the open source materials and perhaps contribute or make suggestions.

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#10

I agree they should be divided but not by placing them in two separate threads. The FAQ should include both layman and dev FAQ’s. The answers to the questions should go in depth with as much layman terminology as possible and link to further reading when possible. A one stop shop is what we desperately need IMO. Dev questions are distinct and should be concentrated below the beginner FAQ. Same principle should apply to dev FAQ. While devs could understand some of the more technical terminology there is no reason to inundate novice devs with overly technical explanations if possible.

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#11

I agree that information’s consolidation is quitely needed.

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#12

Excellent.

Another addition may even be to look at a buddy type system. Where you link up a newbie to a more seasoned member where they can feel free to DM the seasoned member any questions they may have.

Dunno just a caffeine fueled idea.

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#13

I like that idea. Never switch to decaf

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#14

Not that relevant here and nothing new, but interesting article anyway: What nobody tells you about documentation.

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#15

@DGeddes is on holiday this week but I’m sure he will want to follow up on this idea (well I hope so cause I like it)

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#16

Hi @DGeddes, I’m new here and so far I’ve only engaged with @discobot but I have found the “induction process” fairly inviting. I have joined a few Discord servers before and some have been total chaos, others have been pretty well organised, but with too much “editorial” influence. I am still finding my way around and there is a wealth of info here to digest. Newcomers are going to have different levels of understanding, so it would be difficult to provide a roadmap that suited everyone. I like the idea suggested below your post i.e. smart chatbot. I have messed around with them a bit and they can be very useful. No expert in any of this.

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#17

Hi! To find out what I can do, say @discobot display help.

#18

@draw I like the idea of a smart chatbot and I read some of the thread you started. Here’s a chatbot written in Rust.
https://oxidemod.org/plugins/smart-chat-bot.2435/

{
“ChatDisplayName”: “<color=#00FF00>[Chatbot]”,
“BotCooldownInSeconds”: 15.0,
“TimedMessages”: [
{
“Message”: “Your first chatbot message”,
“InitialCooldown”: 0.0,
“Cooldown”: 3.0
}
],
“AutomatedResponses”: [
{
“Message”: “Your first autoresponse”,
“SendToServer”: true,
“TriggerWordSets”: [
[
“must”,
“contain”,
“all”,
“these”,
“words”
],
[
“or”,
“all”,
“these”,
“words”
],
[
“orthissingleword”
]
]
},
{
“Message”: “This is a private autoresponse”,
“SendToServer”: false,
“TriggerWordSets”: [
[
“private”
]
]
}
]
}

Still learning. The blockquote messed up the indentations in the code.

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#19

To be clear: I haven’t looked too deeply into how to configure/make a chatbot, it was just an idea. Can you integrate that Rust chatbot with the Discourse (!= Discord) forum? That would be a plus. I would also think the smarter one wants to make a chatbox, the more complicated it will become to make and configure and the more time it will take. So start or keep it with an easy/dumb version, that is not much more than an interactive faq?

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#20

Hi @Draw I have started researching the issue. I am not a developer, but I sort of understand the concepts. I will add a load more links in a while I am still getting my head around the idea at the moment. I’m never quite sure how relevant things are so forgive me if I send some stupid links.
I have played around with bots on Pandorabots platform and messed a bit with AIML scripts and I’ve set up a google bot on a twitter account, but I haven’t followed through with much more research. Bots can certainly be useful. Good for FAQ’s etc, but that is just the start.


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#21

Hi all,

I’ve had a first pass at creating a Start Here topic in the Beginners category.

I can see it evolving and being improved on but we needed a place to start from.

Have a look at let me know (here?) if you think anything can be improved or expanded upon. I don’t want to make the post much larger in case it frightens people off but I think we do have some grass to run into.

Ta,
DG

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#22

Looks fine to me - maybe we should pin it?

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A post was merged into an existing topic: Introduce yourself

#24

Can you explain, is SAFENetwork Really safe for browsing? how it works? :sunglasses:

#25

That’s a small question with a long answer :slightly_smiling_face: . This is a good place to start

https://safenetwork.tech/how-it-works/

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