Welcome Wagon hitchin’ up

Jane and I had a great chat about what our hopes and dreams for this team can be. One of the things discussed is a Welcome Wagon.

For those unfamiliar with the term, a welcome wagon is a small organization that traditionally welcomes new people who move in to a neighbourhood. Often a basket is dropped off with some food, maps of the area and coupons for local businesses.

Since we are a virtual organization spread out all over the world, that’s not really possible, but there are some things we can do to make new members feel welcome and want to contribute.

What are some ways we can do this? Think back to other communities you have joined up in the past. What did they do that you really liked? I’d like to focus on positives here, instead of don’ts. :)

Some things I thought of which we might be able to do:

  • a nice email when someone signs up for WordPress.org, outlining both help resources and contribution areas
  • a nice email once a certain threshold of forum posts occurs
  • a nice “Congrats! Your patch is accepted and you’re now an official contributor!” kind of notice for when that situation occurs
  • some way to team up new contributors with a buddy to show them the ropes
  • have the front page of http://make.wordpress.org/ be a little more directional and specific. Right now it shows feeds from each team blog, but as a newbie, there’s no real explanation of where you should go or what to do.
  • when a contributor submits a plugin or theme to the repo, a reminder that it now shows up on their profile

This is by no means a definitive list. :) We’re looking for community feedback as well as possibilites.