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What's With All these Introduction Posts?

What's with all these introduction posts?

Not that there is anything wrong with these... I do love the idea that other writers take time to tell a little bit something about themselves so other members get to know them. I've read and liked at least ten of these introduction posts in the past hour or so. I figured that this is part of the screening process before one is accepted here in Persona Paper. Well, if that is the case, then I'm glad the site has something set up like this. I mean, we should look at both quality and quantity when getting members here in the PP community. Initially, people were signing up left and right and the site's member count grew exponentially. That is good to know but there was nothing to stop people who can barely write one understandable and comprehensible English sentence to sign up and be a 'member'. Nothing against people who cannot speak or write good passable English, but this is a English site and that at least should be a minimum requirement.

So, what's with all these introduction posts?

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bestwriter wrote on July 4, 2014, 2:26 AM

A post well written with no errors is a pleasure to read.

allen0187 wrote on July 4, 2014, 2:41 AM

Agree with you 100% bestwriter .

bestwriter wrote on July 4, 2014, 3:00 AM

emoticon :smile:

Ravenmount wrote on July 4, 2014, 3:50 AM

You've guessed right. The introduction posts are what new members write when applying to join the site, and when they are accepted those introductions become their first posts on the site. This was not only do the site admins know that new members can write fluently enough in English to be successful here, but we also get to 'meet' the new folks that join and they can connect easier with people on the site who have similar backgrounds and interests.

MaeLou wrote on July 4, 2014, 3:33 PM

Yep, they are the "test" in order to be part of the site. We want to ensure that the member joining can write coherent sentences. I think it will help set us apart from another site.

JanetHunt wrote on July 5, 2014, 10:09 PM

I think an introduction post is kind of cool! I did one myself, before it was required! ;)

gidget wrote on July 6, 2014, 4:15 PM

Hello, nice to see you on here.
That is one of my pet peeves, not being able to read and decipher posts. If I can't understand, I just disconnect.

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:01 AM

Ravenmount , awesome idea by the mods of PP. The introductory posts serve both purposes well.

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:04 AM

&Blabbermouth , these introduction posts weren't around when PP started. Oh the horror of reading those types of posts!!! It is both funny and sad at the same time.

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:07 AM

Curious as to what the other 'tests' are MaeLou or is the intro post just the test that new users do? Any feedback from those taking the 'test'? Plus, were there potential members who just didn't go through joining the site because of these 'tests'?

Just curious.

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:08 AM

Yup, I think they are cool too JanetHunt . Plus, it serves its purposes well.

allen0187 wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:10 AM

Nice to see you here as well gidget . We are in the same boat, no speak or write English, me disconnect! LOL!

gidget wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:24 AM

My hope is that this site gets as big or bigger than bubblews, so I can leave that site.
Let it be a foreign site of nice posts with good shares with connect back to me!

MaeLou wrote on July 10, 2014, 9:32 AM

Just the new users do it. It's just to ensure that they can write coherent English. If we can't understand what they are saying, or they don't follow the directions of what we are asking for, then it's apparent they shouldn't be part of the site. It's to try to prevent as many plagiarists and trolls. Of course, some will still get through, but this is certainly helping. I don't know if some people decided not to join because of this "test."

allen0187 wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:10 AM

LOL at your comment gidget !!!

... and yes, I can relate to what you wrote!

'You wrote an inspiring and very educational post. I learned a lot from it today. I have similar posts in my blog. Please connect and like back. Ok? Thanks!'

LOL! Typical comment from spammers and violators alike! I've spent more time in the past week sending reporting violators than writing a post in that site. LOL!

Ruby3881 wrote on July 13, 2014, 4:15 AM

I'm curious as to whether there are any plans to vary the content requested in the test? Once word gets out what is asked for in the intro post, it would be fairly easy for someone to write those intro posts for a fee (or favours) so people can bypass the screening....

gidget wrote on July 13, 2014, 8:47 AM

Its aggravating! And time consuming, I do that too sometimes, but I went off on them the other day when someone said Good info, when I was talking about the spreading of my sons ashes, lol
The thing is they will probably never know I went off on them!

MaeLou wrote on July 13, 2014, 12:09 PM

Good point, I guess we will randomly change what we ask.

allen0187 wrote on July 13, 2014, 9:20 PM

Yeah, they won't know. They don't bother reading... at all!

I went off a couple of them already. Some actually thanked me for disliking their comments. Others played innocent. LOL! If it won't be violating the site's TOA, I would have given them a few choice 'words'.

poddys wrote on July 14, 2014, 4:38 PM

Not sure if I started it off or if I was just one of many, but I find sometimes people like to find out more about the people who are writing posts that they read. Nobody "has" to write a post about themselves of course, but it's something that others might read and think "this person sounds interesting, I think I will follow them". You never know...

allen0187 wrote on July 19, 2014, 7:53 PM

MaeLou , I do think that there are others who didn't join because of this test. If that is the case, then we might be missing out on really good members. Would it be possible to have some sort of referral system wherein PersonaPaper members can sort of vouch for new members that we will accept in the site?

allen0187 wrote on July 19, 2014, 7:56 PM

"this person sounds interesting, I think I will follow them" , hence the reason I followed you. Granted that you were mentioned in another post. I see that as the door opening. Me reading your posts and seeing how similar and at the same time different we are, that was me going through the door.