Here are some ways to welcome new members, and help them feel at home on Nexus. As of now (Dec 26 2010), this group is new. What happens next?
*Watch for new members on the Member's page or the side bar.
*Simply, say welcome!
*Offer to answer questions.
*Identify potential community or interest groups that might make the Nexus experience instantly more welcome without restricting them. In other words, if someone is a parent from the bible belt, they may like the bible belt group and the group for parents; but also suggest the news group, or "Origins", or "former fundamentalists"
*If a new member has stated their city and state, they may appreciate knowing if there is a group focused on their location.
I've learned to start small and try not to ever-reach - so we'll see how it goes from here! If others would like to join this process, we can divide up the welcomes to make it more workable. We may not be able to welcome everyone, but reach out to to those who might especially benefit, such as those in highly religious countries, or from highly religious communities or regions, might be especially welcome.
Above all, enjoy!
Here's a nice zippy Glitter Text Generator.
Ruth, as usual, you have so many fine resources to share. I am not very clever, however, I will give them a try.