A Word from Ricochet's Department of Hospitality Management
Some time ago on Ricochet we had a "Silent Members, Please Say Hello!" thread:
I happen to know--because I have inside information--that Ricochet has many members who have never left a comment. That's fine, of course. The beauty of the Internet is that it's not like Thanksgiving dinner with your in-laws. No one will get mad at you on the drive home because you just sat in front of the television the whole time and you didn't say a single word to Uncle Herbert, even though he drove all the way from Branson, Mo., and can't you make an effort with my family even once, just once a year?
But is there anyone out there who actually wants to join the conversation, but is just feeling a bit shy? If so, let me jump in with my superb hostess skills. Let's imagine this is a party, and you're the shy guest who's standing on the edge of the group, looking like you'd actually like to join in the conversation, but aren't quite sure how to begin. At this point I'll notice that, and because I have superb hostess skills, I'll say something that tactfully draws you in without focusing too much attention on you or embarrassing you. Something really graceful and socially-skilled.
And I happen to know, again because I have inside information, that since I wrote that we've acquired new members who have never left a comment. And that's still fine! There's a lot to be said for strong, silent types.
But if perhaps you're the strong, silent, shy type--and you're waiting for just the right moment to introduce yourself--let me break the ice. So, where are you from? What brings you to Ricochet?
It would be lovely, too, if the old, talkative members introduced themselves to the new, quiet ones.
To put yourself in the right spirit, imagine that I have just passed around the punchbowl for the third time.