I like the sticky idea. In fact, this forum software allows notices, which may be useful. Well, maybe not this version of the forum software. Koby knows. I've already done this idea at my forum, in a topic titled "New members, please read this first." I think it's important not to make them feel any pressure, such as may happen if they're allowed to get the impression that they have to provide paragraphs about themselves, or that it has to be personal information. Of course, surveys don't tend to be too personal anyway. In any case, just emphasizing that even a little bit of casual information about themselves helps start discussions, make introductions worthwhile, and help the new member get acquainted with people should be enough. What I do, too, is to ask follow up questions once in a while, or at least comment on what someone said. That part's not in the rules, and I'd rather lead by example.