To surpise a new user with a list of (for him) unknown project names, is not a good idea.
Let's give the new user one established and working (small) project.
Everything else like adding some plugins from the cloud, or selecting a different project, may be his later choice.
In other words one comes to your (say) Chinese restaurant, and since the customer is western, and your waiter doesn't know him as a long time customer, he is not allowed to be surprised by a menu , nor to order shrimp wontons (which is what he would actually like to eat) but he is served Mui Fan fried rice and sweet and sour pork instead .
The new approach is "consider anyone you don't know as ignorant and demented until proved to be knowledgeable and/or intelligent".
Interesting, I am pretty sure that there will be queues of people outside the restaurant (and BTW you additionally saved a lot of money from NOT changing the sign outside it that says "Da Mamma Gina - Italian Restaurant" ).
Would this approach be somehow connected to the fact that you only have fried rice and sweet and sour pork, or it is just due to your general attitude towards customers' satisfaction?
It would be easier if the new user shouldn't type "AUTO" at all, but the thingy would build the "Auto" project automatically as soon as the program is run, unless it is invoked with a parameter "/NOAUTO" or keys ALT+ESC+F12 are pressed within 6 milliseconds from launch.