Recently I've seen a surge in comments stating, "Welcome to the site, blah blah blah, please take a look at ___." This is awesome that we're engaging new users like this. I've also seen a surge in not-so-great questions, but for the sake of this post, I'm considering well-written questions.
Should these kinds of comments be posted strictly on questions that need some guidance? I saw a question that didn't seem to have any issues with it but had a "welcome" comment on it explaining what kind of content is "appropriate" for Chem.SE. I felt like it made it seem like the question needed help or was otherwise inappropriate, but I failed to see an issue with the question.
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I feel that these types of comments on questions can:
- Lead a new user to believe they did something wrong
- Give the new user a notification thus leading them to believe their question may have been answered or that they were otherwise told something "important."
I love that we're greeting new users and hope that we get new users to engage with the site, but am wondering if the comment approach is the best way to do this. Thoughts?