Dear E14 Team,
Someone new to the site probably won't know where to look at the start but will likely find stuff of interest nevertheless. I agree it does take a while to get to grips with the Jive/E14 website and where things are located and during that time could turn away some valuable new members.
The search bar doesn't appear obvious to me ! That might sound strange as it is at the top and slightly larger than the surrounding content - perhaps the orange mail icon detracts from it for me or maybe because there is already text in it? Typing 'Welcome' in the search might be a typical new joiners approach and will show some posts but not a specific group where a new joiner can get settled in. I note the Welcome New Members! is a good introduction but perhaps lost somewhat. Maybe there could be a group called 'Welcome' or 'New Joiners' or both. Could that group get its own button under the 'Content'? A 'New Joiners' group would allow people to say hello as in many other online forums and to start to get settled in to asking questions; they would get the encouragement from E14 members posting comments and clicking like.
Another group that would be helpful, and from the new joiners group they could be directed to, would be a 'sandbox' - somewhere where everyone can try out those experiments with Jive and the community would understand why that post is there. For example I wanted to see how to make content from one group get notified to those in another. If I mess around for too long posting things in the main groups it starts to get messy and confusing for everyone. If it were in the sandbox then members could just ignore that content (or comment if relevant).
ps: I'm not trying to detract from the great E14 site content or to annoy those long term members who are happy with E14 site, just making suggestions