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Posts tagged with #first-time-poster are the very first post by someone on PublicLab.org -- please help to welcome newcomers find their way around the community and the website! You can also [subscribe to get email alerts](/subscribe/tag/first-time-poster) when first-timers post.
## If you’re a first-time poster
We’re happy to welcome you here! 🎉 Below you’ll find some general information about posting on PublicLab.org for the first time.
Create your first post
The first time you post a research note, it will be held for moderation by a community moderators group. This helps to enable a safe and welcoming community for everyone. Check out the links here for more details about this process and moderation.
### More on contributing to the community
**Have you made your first post? Hooray!** Visit the [contribute wiki page](https://publiclab.org/contribute) to learn about what you can do next with Public Lab.
**Not quite ready to post just yet? That’s totally okay!** There are many other ways to get started with Public Lab. The [wiki page on contributing](https://publiclab.org/contribute) has more information on that, too.
**If you know you want to ask a question or share and seek information on an environmental issue**, you can start right away with the links below:
+ [Post a question](https://publiclab.org/questions/new?tags=question:general) that other community members can respond to;
+ [Post an issue brief](https://publiclab.org/wiki/issue-brief) with basic information about an environmental concern you have, enabling other people to comment and share knowledge.