I have been contemplating posting a welcome message to new users, in the comments of their question or answer. Ideally it would stay there for a few days, a week at most, then be deleted. Currently we don't have enough traffic for this to be a significant body of work. I previously mentioned something similar and did not get any volunteers so I plan on managing it myself.

A comment can be 600 characters, so that the longest it could be. I think the audience would be any new user with a first post and less then 100 rep (excludes people with other SE accounts and experience).

If you have suggestion for a new user welcome message, please post it as an answer. It should include links to anything you think is important for new users to read.


580 of 600 characters with links

Welcome to Pets.SE. We are a question and answer site, possibly a bit different then other places you may have visited. You can learn more about us at our help center, if you have questions about how things work you can ask in Meta. We call our chat room The Litter Box, you can post there once you have gained 20 reputation. I personally am not a big chatter, but I do peek in and say 'hi' once in a while.

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    I would recommend against hitting new users with a bunch of links all at once; pick the one or two things that are most important for the situation at hand. I usually link to the tour ("tour" is a magic shortcut in comments), and might use "edit" if I'm asking for improvements or link to something specific in the help center (on-topic list, what comments are for, etc, depending on the situation). – Monica Cellio Feb 17 '16 at 1:56
  • Err, those magic links were meant to be in square brackets, but comment markdown parsed them for me. Oops; don't know how to fix that. – Monica Cellio Feb 24 '16 at 3:02
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    I'd really like to add "if you have a medical emergency, don't wait for us -- call a vet now". – keshlam Apr 3 '16 at 1:55

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