- Notice at top for first-time visitors
Maybe we should use this oppurtunity to reinstate that only graduate-level questions are allowed, something like:
Welcome to “Physics Overflow”! We are a site for graduate-level Physics, from […] to […] . Off-topic questions will not be answered, and will be closed, or even deleted very soon.
would be just fine.
When a visitor just sees that notice once, they’ll hardly care. People generally don’tbelieve such things immediately, or will at least think they’ll get answered, or at keast they’lll get a hint from someone; you’ll need to drill it into their head if you really put the same notice everywhere. Therefore, I think that this notice should not just be put in the Top, Site Notice Bar for new users but also on the:
- Custom Message on Register form
- Custom Message for newly registered users
- Log in by email only, not username
Why would one want to do that?
- Allow users with posts to change their username
No, this is misleading, when users change their username too drastically. If they want to change their username, they should be having to contact a mod first, who should check that the change is not too drastic.
- Enable Private Messageing
- Rest of the options
You can see them here . I think the checkboxes there should all be marked as “yes”, and the options can just be taken to be default. It may be a nice idea to make the default avatar something nice and funny, like this:
like on TRF.