There is some debate over in the pit over how we treat newbies (go over yourself if you are interested, it the Reverend Mykeru thread), and I’m interested in this topic.
My perception is that the SDMB doesn’t haze newbies, nor embrace them with welcoming arms. I know when I first started hanging here, it was several hundred posts before I though someone might recognize me by username. And around 800 before I really felt like I belonged. However, I started here a long time ago, and things may be different now - and I picked the worst place for open arms - Great Debates (OK, the second worst place, looks like Reverend Mykeru picked a worse place to hang out – the Pit).
I’ve been to boards where “haze the newbie” is part and parcel - everyone needs to go through the trial by fire to prove they are a worthy member. And boards where the moment you sign up, these people come onto you like they are your best friends.
Some newbies do seem to get off on the wrong foot and go through a hazing - but there is generally some well intentioned advice along with it.
We were all newbies once. How were you treated? How do you think we treat others?