Just an observation from a newbie: I think a lot of people here in the SDMB are great and give good advice. In fact, most threads seeking advice end up sounding like 40 voices in unison because they’re all dead-on right. Other times, people here dole out much-needed criticism when the situation is warranted.
However, I also feel that it’s difficult to get involved in the so-called SDMB community without knowing anybody here. I feel like an outsider. There’s a core of posters here who obviously get along well with each other, and breaking this core seems like a task akin to gaining acceptance from the in-crowd at a high school. It’s not that the in-crowd hates you; they’re just indifferent.
Maybe this is all in my head. I’m not writing this to gain sympathy, mind you. Please, no, Aww, poor Clucky, responses. I just wonder if other newbies feel the same way, and if people might stop posting here for that reason.
Or, am I totally out of line broaching this subject with only two weeks of experience here?