Since July 15 we are sending a welcome message to new users in Brazil.
The welcome message basically, as the name says, gives a welcome, points the user to the beginners guide, to our wiki portal, explains that things shouldn’t be copied from other places and asks the user to always ask the more experienced mappers in case of doubts (something that seems wrong doesn’t mean that it is).
The message also invites the user to join our mailing list, the forum and/or the IRC channel, if he wants (or directly answer the message if he has any doubts and feels more comfortable doing so).
It took 435 messages to have one person joining our #osm-br channel.
With a better stats, 12 users replied the welcome message (messages sent to viloan arrive to me)
I still need to answer most of them… :-/
This remembers me that I also need to think and discuss with other colleagues if these messages could be redirected to talk-br (so more people could answer the doubt and the answer won’t be delayed if I am busy)
¹ Some people may argue that it’s wrong to automatically spam the new users with a message, but it’s a one-time-only friendly message (with useful information and defined together among some mappers). We just don’t have enough people here to manually process and send the messages.