This was inspired by the recent thread about whether Story Games is an insular community. Since some folks have felt that it is and were willing to share their experience, I think it would be worth setting some goals as a community to be more inclusive.
I am by no means an expert on this, but I'm interested in contributing to a dialogue about it.
My initial suggestions:
- A few more ongoing threads (or regularly renewed topics) that are welcoming to new posters and allow for low-stakes contributions (like "What did you play this week?").
- A greater commitment to defining terms within a thread and avoiding insider jargon where possible. This could take the form of a regular practice of asking others to define their terms when uncertain. (I tend to leave jargon-y threads rather than ask for clarification).
- Avoiding conversations across threads where possible. I sometimes get confused when regular posters seem to be responding to comments from past conversations that I as I third-party haven't read.
I would love to hear more suggestions or things I can do as a member of the forum to be more welcoming to new folks.