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Proposing a re-write to be a little shorter and more focused on encouraging folks; the info they strictly need to know to get going; and ways they can access help if stuck, so they don't just give up and leave. Feedback welcome! Canele (talk) 02:09, 12 April 2019 (EDT)

I love it! It's a big improvement! I will make just 3 small changes to the text below, let me know if any of these don't sit well with you. I'll also tag User:JaimeS since changes to the New User Message are supposed to be approved by the "big wigs".
Pyrrhus (talk) 11:57, 12 April 2019 (EDT)
Better still! The changes are great—the more concise the better, for my money! Canele (talk) 12:51, 12 April 2019 (EDT)
User:JaimeS here. Just made a few very tiny alterations, including using ME instead of ME/CFS (it is MEpedia, after all!) and I'm totally in favor of this.
Super, I'll move it over! FWIW I had put ME/CFS since it's so widely used in the encyclopedia as the umbrella term but I can definitely the reasoning behind saying, essentially, ME is the centerpiece (and then many adjacent things are also discussed.) Canele (talk) 19:05, 12 April 2019 (EDT)

Suggestion[new][edit source][reply]

MEpedia is like Wikipedia, but focused on the science, people and history of ME. You can see the topics MEpedia covers from the Contents page. All the content is created by volunteers like you, and every contribution, however small, moves the project forward. Thank you for joining us!

Welcome to the MEpedia community--we're glad you're here!

Some formatting, key links in the first bullet point and Tutorials link notjusttired (talk) 17:46, 14 April 2019 (EDT)
For what it's worth, all of the links in the first two bullet points of this version as well as the Tutorial are linked out from How to contribute. All of them are important, but I think the chances of them getting read are better if we start off folks with one thing to read, and then make more requests. The more we throw at people up front, the more we risk them feeling it's too much to take on and leaving.
For my two cents I also favor minimizing formatting as less distracting to the eye but we should definitely try to find some accessibility guidelines to make a research-based decision on how we handle such questions. Canele (talk) 20:52, 14 April 2019 (EDT)
I would just point out that we had one user (Alvin) who was quite excited about contributing, but seems to have given up when faced with the Article Outlines. This may be a reason to avoid introducing the Article Outlines until the reader is ready to understand how they are properly used. See https://www.s4me.info/threads/read-first-welcome-to-the-mepedia-subforum.5306/
Pyrrhus (talk) 13:24, 16 April 2019 (EDT)

Welcome to MEpedia![new][edit source][reply]

MEpedia is like Wikipedia, but focused on the science, people and history of ME. You can see the range of topics MEpedia covers by checking out the Contents page. All the content is created by volunteer contributors like you, and every contribution, however small, moves the project forward. Thank you for joining us!

Welcome to the MEpedia community--we're glad you're here!

Myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME) - A disease often marked by neurological symptoms, but fatigue is sometimes a symptom as well. Some diagnostic criteria distinguish it from chronic fatigue syndrome, while other diagnostic criteria consider it to be a synonym for chronic fatigue syndrome. A defining characteristic of ME is post-exertional malaise (PEM), or post-exertional neuroimmune exhaustion (PENE), which is a notable exacerbation of symptoms brought on by small exertions. PEM can last for days or weeks. Symptoms can include cognitive impairments, muscle pain (myalgia), trouble remaining upright (orthostatic intolerance), sleep abnormalities, and gastro-intestinal impairments, among others. An estimated 25% of those suffering from ME are housebound or bedbound. The World Health Organization (WHO) classifies ME as a neurological disease.

ME/CFS - An acronym that combines myalgic encephalomyelitis with chronic fatigue syndrome. Sometimes they are combined because people have trouble distinguishing one from the other. Sometimes they are combined because people see them as synonyms of each other.