Ok, so after a long time lurking I finally decided to take the plunge and try a trial membership. I read the rules carefully but I need some pointers about this message board from you all if thats Ok. Are there any dos and don’ts - some of the different sections like “The Pit” and “The Great Debates” look a bit scarey for a new comer! Theres some smart people here! Where’s the best place to start for somebody who jsust wants to dip her toes in the water?
The discussions in the other sections (here, IMHO, Cafe Society and The Game Room) are lower-intensity on average, if that’s your concern. But my advice would be to just find some threads that interest you and post in them.
Hi!! Welcome to the Boards!! Don’t be scared, it’s pointless. Too late now, you’re already one of us, and we get to commence your initiation by…listens to headset for interruptio…oh, you didn’t actually sign up yet? You’re still undecided? ahem! Nevermind, carry on then. We’re all really nice, and friendly, and we want to be your friends. Right guys?
My advice is don’t be afraid, just be yourself. The vast majority of posters here are fabulous, compassionate, interesting and intelligent. Try not to take the occasional snark personally – some people seem to do this recreationally with no intentional malice. Just dive right in and have fun! There really is something here for everyone.
Thanks for the kind welcomes and all the advice! I’ll even try my best to spell properly. :o Its best if you do shorten my name if you like - Oodle sounds nice. I took it form the Dennis Glover poem that Ice Wolf showed - we have lots of magpies in the trees at the back of the section and they sound just like that in the morning. And they like shiney things!
Get your feet wet immediately. Go over to Great Debates, find a logical inconsistency in a post by someone marked as a ‘Charter Member’, and nag about it until the issue is resolved to your satisfaction.*
Ask a question in ‘General Questions’; some people will answer with opinions and the post will get bumped to “In My Humble Opinion”, where people will discuss the issue for weeks.
If you want to post an entertaining anecdote, polish it nicely; you are following in some very talent shoes.**
Don’t do that. Go to the Pit, and do it to anyone with a high post count.
** I was going to correct the metaphor, but decided I liked it this way.