I've been asking volunteers for an example of their welcoming PM. Blixty's is a good model to follow:
(formatting is stripped, but you get the idea, there are links to the things referred to)
Hello, [troper handle] and welcome to TV Tropes
. More specifically, welcome to Yack Fest.
Yack Fest is our informal conversation / hangout board. Most threads here are about a casual topic of some kind, the conversation is generally light and derails are permitted, so you won't generally get in trouble for being off-topic unless you're deliberately trying to mess up a thread.
There are many threads in Yack Fest and they tend to come and go, but the largest and longest-lived are the megathreads. Generally, these cover an incredibly broad topic about which much can be said, hence their size and staying power.
The first of these is Troper Updates where you can post about events in your daily life. Conversation here tends to drift between a lot of topics and as such, it changes quite often. Similar to this is Post Your Random Thoughts, which is more or less exactly what the name implies. Somewhat harder to classify is The Trash Heap, it has its own little culture and in-jokes, but more than anything it's our true randomness thread. This is where your memes and such go.
In addition, we have some slightly more specific megathreads. Insecurity, Sadness, Anxiety, & Such Matters is a thread for when you're feeling blue. Your fellow tropers can help you out, or if that's not possible, just offer some words of encouragement. This thread's more recent twin is Happiness, Joy, Contentment & Such Matters, true to the name, it's a thread for posting things that've recently happened in your life to make you very happy.
Lastly, if you want to talk about anything sexual, please keep it to The Fetishes Thread as sex talk isn't allowed elsewhere.
Lastly, while the full Forum Rulebook can be found here, there are some basic courtesies you should exhibit while in Yack Fest in particular.
Serious discussion is not prohibited in Yack Fest, but it may often be more beneficial to discuss serious / controversial topics in On-Topic Conversations.
Do not deliberately derail threads (that is, switch the topic of conversation) that are about a specific subject. Derailing is not prohibited here, but doing it deliberately is discouraged.
Be polite to the other posters, if they say something offensive to you or insult you in any way, use the yellow button (called a Holler Button) above their post to inform the mods. You may also PM a mod directly.
Lastly if you have any questions at all you may contact either myself or any other members of the staff.
Have a nice day. smile
edited 22nd Dec '11 2:58:04 PM by FastEddie