Apologies if this has been asked/answered before; I'm sure it has, given the myriad of permissions threads that fly around here, but my Google-Fu is failing me on this one.
I want to have an Introductions thread (i.e. one where new users are supposed to say "Hello," etc.), and would like it so that when you sign-up you are forced to post in this thread (or, at least, gently persuaded).
Is there a way to make it so that new users can only see this one particular thread? I know I could do it with a Node, but I don't really want a whole Node taking up space on the front page, full of small, ultimately inconsequential "Hi," posts, so I would really rather keep it to a single Introductions thread that everyone can contribute to.
I can envisage two ways of doing this:
1) Use Permissions somehow to restrict new users to only be able to see that one thread, with instructions in the thread about how the whole Forum will open up to them as soon as they post a single welcome message.
2) Once registration is complete, direct them to a page which provides a link to aforementioned thread and politely asks them to post in it.
Can anyone help me achieve either of the above? Initially, I wanted option 1, but as I sit here and type it out, I realise option 2 might be better!