Hey there new users! When you join Newsvine, most of you are automatically placed in the Greenhouse. The Greenhouse is designed as sort of a holding tank to prevent spammers. While in the Greenhouse, you are allowed to post original articles. You can also post seeds, which link Newsvine readers to sources outside of Newsvine (news sites, blogs, youtube, etc.). You can also visit other users' columns and enter into conversations by leaving comments.
As a new user in the Greenhouse, you can do just about anything that a regular user can do. When it is determined that you are not a spambot/self-promoter/advertiser/link farmer, etc. you are released from the Greenhouse. This can be accomplished by meeting a combined threshold (determined by Newsvine) of friends, comments, article submissions, seeds & votes. Or, you can contact a Moderator (Tyler or Sally) or a Guide to speed up the process.
Unfortunately, the Greenhouse is so full of spammers , that potentially good users can remain unnoticed. Several of us regularly patrol the Greenhouse in hopes of unearthing a hidden gem. At the moment, I can see over 150 pages of new users - each page containing around 110 names. Most are from a known user who has created thousands of multiple accounts, so many folks have given up trying to find new members to welcome, because most of the pages come from that spammer. Obviously, is it terribly time-consuming to slog through all of those pages in order to find & release users. Please let me know if you are languishing in the Greenhouse and I'll help you to escape. Please post any questions that you have about using Newsvine.
Thanks, and enjoy!