- User creates new account.
- A blue mark is shown to the notification icon.
- If user clicks the notification icon, the "Welcome new user" notification pops up.
- If user clicks on the notification text, (s)he is redirected to the "Welcome new user" page.
The issues with this approach
- The UI changes too little after the successful registration. This means newcomers have difficulty to understand they already created the account and sometimes create another one.
- The welcoming notification is hidden by default. It would be interesting to know, how many newcomers even open the notification.
- There is not sign or indication that the notification text is clickable. In the past the notification was not clickable, but contained a link to Welcome page. Nowadays the user must click the notification icon and the also click the notification text randomly/accidentally/out of curiosity in order to be redirected to the Welcome page.
- There is no next steps advise. Currently it depends on how user is active (whether (s)he clicks on the notification or opens its talk page, help pages etc.) and also it depends on how community is active (if (s)he is welcomed/contacted on the talk page, what is the contents of the community Welcome page etc.)
As you can see, the whole welcoming process for newcomers currently depends on too many coincidences and community/newcomer ability. Partially it is solved by the newcomer questionnare (currently in A/B testing on three wikis), but after that the user still is redirected to the main page and nothing else happens. MediaWiki should definitively be more pro-active and lead the newcomer better in first seconds after the registration.