BOTL Newbie Sampler Thread v4.0 (Thank you @bdc30 for allowing me to continue the tradition of indoctrinating newbies and to establish some new rules to protect the crazy members of this forum. Thank you for all of the hard work that went into v3.0, especially these rules that I am largely just copying and pasting) What is this thread? This thread is here to give the new guys to the forum a chance to establish credibility and earn a trader rating. The trade can either be a cigar trade or a cigar purchase. We hope that you new guys enjoy the brotherhood here, stick around, read, learn, participate, and then reciprocate when you qualify to be a sponsor yourself. Rules (This part has new rules) The newbie sends his package first to establish their status as a good faith participant on this board. This is to ensure that someone doesn't register for the simple purpose of "mooching" cigars from the established members. In addition, we will have the following guidelines to ensure our hard working and crazy sponsors don't get burned by individuals only joining the forum to take advantage of this thread: You must be a member of the forum for 30 days, and You must have at least 30 posts to ensure you are an active member on BOTL (this can include your introduction thread, pictures of your cigar purchases, what you are smoking, etc....) I will keep a list below of where newbies are at for their probationary period, only after these criteria are met will a newbie be allowed into the trading queue. Of course, if you are active in chat, a brother can vouch for you and we can expedite your Newbie Sampler Trade (NST). For trading, a newbie may send between 5 and 10 cigars, but no more than 10. It's always a good idea to have some dialogue with your sponsor about your trade. Your sponsor, however, may retaliate in any way they deem appropriate. If it's a cash deal you will work out the details with your sponsor via PM. However, remember this is a NEWBIE trade. Please do not ask your sponsor to send specific sticks (htf, cc, etc). If you are busy, or foresee being busy, please wait to sign up until you are able to commit to completing your trade. The last thing we want to do here is tie up a sponsor's time when they could be trading with another newbie. This is a ONE TIME ONLY trade. The Process If you are a newbie that wants to trade or purchase, just post your interest here in the thread whether you want to do a trade or a cash deal and I will assign you a veteran sponsor when one is available. The current queue can be found in the next post in the thread. When you are assigned a sponsor, make contact with them within 3 days or you will be removed and placed at the end of the list. If it happens a second time, you will not be allowed to participate in the NST. *Newbies - a good idea is to make it so that when you get a PM it sends you an e-mail. Go to... 1. Settings (top right) 2. Under 'My Settings' on the left of your screen click "General Settings" 3. Scroll down a bit until you find "Receive Email Notification of new Private Messages" Now you are set even if you forget to check in for a few days as long as you're checking your e-mail. Post a Delivery Confirmation Number in the thread when you send your end (both newbs and sponsors please) When your trade is complete, please post so in the thread. Pictures of the damage are always fun to see. I try to update the thread at least every few days, but sometimes life gets in the way, so don't panic if it's been a little longer. If I've missed your post or a couple days have passed, please send me a message. Do I Qualify to be a Sponsor? Sponsorship for a trade in the Newbie Sampler Trade (NST) is open for any BOTL member in good standing (meaning a 100% Trader Rating) with at least 6 months on the board and a minimum of 25 unique Trader Ratings OR any BOTL in good standing with at least 12 months on the board and a minimum or 15 unique Trader Ratings. Sponsorship for a cash deal is open for any BOTL member in good standing (meaning a 100% Trader Rating) with at least 12 months on the board and a minimum of 25 unique Trader Ratings. Cash deals are worked out via PM with your assigned sponsor. Sponsors will usually ask you what your flavor profile is/likes/dislikes and how much you are looking to spend. If you would like to be a sponsor please post in the thread along with whether you'd like to do a trade, cash deal, or either. Lastly, if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask here or send me a PM. Have fun!