As a newbie here I thought I'd put this out there. How about an area where folks can introduce themselves when they join? See that way everybody that joins can stop on by the "Welcome Center" and the members that care to can make them feel at home. Just an ideal from a newbie.
A righteous [man] regardeth the life of his beast but the tender mercies of the wicked [are] cruel Prov.12:10
"The best things in life are nearest: Breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain, common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life. " Author: Robert Louis Stevenson