I've changed the wording to this to be accurate:
This message may eventually (in the fullness of time) be automatically sent to every new poster to perlmonks.
I agree that a /msg is less intrusive than an email. The only disadvantage is that it took slow learners like me a week or two to realise what all those little boxes accumulating at the top of the chatterbox were. No matter where I went they followed me....Duh
The other options that have been suggested are to post it to a new users initial home node with a checkbox to remove it, or by adding a link from the initial home node.
The email method is suggested because it is the lowest common denominator and presumes absolutely no familiarity with online forums and how they work. The sorry for insulting your inteligence bit is included to apoligise for those who don't require much help. Part of the popularity of perlmonks amongst newer perl converts comes from the general newbie intolerance of usenet (my personal opinion), as well as the fact that many people who have discovered http:// have yet to discover the concept of news and usenet.
The original source of this post is plain text and munged to remove the links to http://www.perlmonks.com/node... so practically any option is easy to execute. The links are auto generated etc....