First off, thanks very much for engaging me. It shows that I was right to feel like I could, as you put it, "jump right in" here. It wasn't an easy decision.
Oddball wrote:I'm not trying to be snarky or anything (at least no more than I usually am.)
I meant I removed my
snarky response. "ETR" - "edited to remove", flipside of "ETA".
This is just the way it is here. There's no real introduction thread, no welcoming party for the new guys, no grace period. You're expected to jump right in and either sink or swim.
You might not get noticed right away. People might not pay any attention to you unless you say or do something interesting to EARN that attention. Don't whine because you posted twice and nobody paid attention. For the most part, people here and pretty friendly and accepting, but nobody should join a new group and expect to be the center of attention right away.
*headdesk* Yes. Granted. Didn't mean to sound whiny. Just stating facts. Trust me, if I wasn't trying to swim, this thread would be one I'd have avoided like the plague.
I just thought it might be helpful to point out that the barriers to newbies, of which you are obviously aware, are likely to at least in part make it appear
that the fandom is "dying" when it probably isn't -- at least not yet -- but rather is moving toward being a bit of a walled garden, with new fans being intimidated to join a discussion and thereby potentially feeling shut out. Trying to decide whether that's appropriate given the subject of the forum.
Short version: There are always going to be people who are discovering the beauty of this game for the first time. The way I see it, it's in the very spirit of the game itself to welcome those people when they seem lost. Who's the class rep in this place, anyway?