Whilst introductions can be helpful to some people, does it really matter who the person is, how many kids he's got, what their likes and dislikes are, provided that the person has something to give to the forum and the debate.
As we all know, the anonymity of the internet is such that a person can introduce themselves as one thing and can be totally different in reality. Internet chat rooms have proved that beyond any doubt in the past.
This of course also applies in person in a foreign country where people have never met you before and dont know your background. As a friend of mine says "I have never met so many ex-SAS soldiers, helicopter pilots, company chief execs etc since I moved to Turkey, yet there's very few ex-dustbinmen."
As somebody else said, "You can be who who want to be here, because nobody knows any different."
I agree with Maggie on this. On the one hand we are all adults and shouldn't have to but on the other hand we get people steaming in giving out all sorts of advice and turn out to have business interests. In my opinion most people who join have been lurking for a while and are more than just first time forum users. An introduction is a good idea, in fact I think it should be a rule and make our job easier.:smile: I have seen on another forum if someone new makes a post without an introduction their post is left but a message is added to introduce themself the introduction forum.
Good post from Villabaris. I'm not that bothered about introductions except when newbies try to sell us something in their first few posts. When I first started using forums it never occurred to me that I should introduce myself....I thought that everyone just turned up and started posting.
I don't think you need to give your family history though. It's just courteous and you could say something like 'Hello my name's Ceemac and I've joined here because I'm thinking of buying a place in Turkey and would like to find some out information about the place etc'
Very little has been said there yet it will get a positive response and ensure you can contribute without inviting adverse comment :smile:
Rightly or wrongly, I always imagine that I'm discussing something with someone on here, and if a complete stranger suddenly poked their nose into the conversation my first reaction would be "Hey, who the **** do you think you are?" (or something similar).
It's not a case of giving a complete CV. Name, rank and serial number would be nice though. :wink: As, ceemac said, just a brief intro would be sufficient.
I agree Bickern, a lot of people just don't know. I'm just thinking from a mod point of view with some of the spammers, emlaks, business vetures it would make it easier.
On these type of forums you can send a pm when they sign up to say, read the rules, post in the intro etc sort of thing. Let's face it, anyone who joins normally are wanting something, or is that an unfair statement? I know I will browse forums just maybe getting information but if i want something, ask a question about something, I will join.
I agree with Villabaris1. What's the point? People can write whatever load of waffle they like and no one would know any different. I never read the intros, but find it interesting gleaning info about people from the topics they post on and their comments.
I would think people only join if they want to add something to the forum, if not, they stay a visitor. If they join up just to plug their business, then the speedy mods pick them up and spit them out!!!!
I'm guessing that more than 50% of members chose to post here anonymously, including Mr [or is it Mrs?] KKOB. So what's the point of introducing yourself by an alias?
Guy comes up to me in a pub and says "Hi, I'm The Shadow"? I'm out of there!