To all the new guys - please read!

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  1. StogieNinja

    StogieNinja Derek | BoM June 2014

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    Hey all,

    I wanted to take a minute to reach out to the new guys, as we've seen a large influx of new members lately, due to a variety of factors.

    To the new guys: welcome! You've found what I consider one of the best places on the internet for cigar conversation and camaraderie. The name of the site is "Brothers of the Leaf" for a reason: this place really is a brotherhood.

    It takes a bit of time to acclimate to a new family, and for most of you it will be the same. We welcome you with open arms, but I would like to make a few small suggestions:

    1. Read the BOTL Pre-study Package. Lots of great information there about navigating this place, and about how it operates.
    EDIT: There are a few dead links there, but a simple search will reveal most of what you're looking for.

    2. Read the post by Craig Mac entitled Fitting In. It's linked at the end of the Pre-Study Package, but is worth being pointed to again.

    3. Leave other forums out of the discussion here. What happens at other forums shouldn't be brought here or discussed here. Issues, problems, drama, etc with other forums should be discussed elsewhere. BotL is remarkably drama free, and we'd all love to keep it that way.

    4. Remember to be respectful. Like any other relationship, being part of a brotherhood takes a lot of respect. Don't assume that just because you signed up, you deserve something. Take the time to establish relationships before you PM a guy about his Cuban sources. (In fact, don't ever PM someone asking for their Cuban sources. If you take the time to develop relationships, you'll find everything you're looking for.) Don't ask for bombs, or hint around hoping someone will bomb you. Be respectful in your responses, even if you think someone else was rude in their comment. That kind of thing.

    I'm posting this because I too was once new here, and made a number of mistakes. Now, the brotherhood here is very forgiving (heck, they still let me stick around!) but the points above will help you avoid the same missteps I made as you become part of the community here.

    Hopefully this helps, and welcome again to all of you new guys!
    -StogieNinja

    EDIT: Oh, and one more thing - please put up an avatar! It makes you that much more identifiable at a glance, helps us to identify you and identify with you, and just makes you "feel" more like a part of the community.
     
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  2. ChefBoyRG54

    ChefBoyRG54 BoM Sept '14 & BoY 2014

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    Well said and welcome to all the new guys! Happy to have you all here however you arrived :)
     
  3. ItsBarbarino

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    Well said sir!
     
  4. mistaforty

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    I guess I'll put it back in my sig line lol. Well done sir
     
  5. pbibby

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    Thanks very much for this post. Much needed for the new guys, and a much needed reminder for the dummies like me!!
     
  6. TonyRome

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    Glad somebody took the time to post this great job Ninja!! Welcome to the new guys take a min a really digest this post and I'm sure you will grow to love this place like the rest of us !!
     
  7. ATL

    ATL BoM 10/12, 9/13, & 8/14

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    Good post, Derek. Thanks.
     
  8. egoo33

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    Well with you know who being back up lets see who is here to stay
     
  9. Angry Bill

    Angry Bill 2x BoM, BoY '08 Staff Member donor12

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    Excellent post and advice. Well done sir.
     
  10. Hoshneer

    Hoshneer Blumpkin King

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    Good stuff buddy and for the record I'm still here. Hahaha! All good people here.
     
  11. jonesry09

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    Good post for the new guys, but also for others as well (myself included). Sometimes you forget how lucky you are to get to come to a place like this and shoot the $hit and talk cigars/life/titty tassels etc. It's a great place to come after the stresses of "real life" get to ya.

    Thanks for the post
     
  12. Angry Bill

    Angry Bill 2x BoM, BoY '08 Staff Member donor12

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    Perhaps we can make this a sticky thread too
     
  13. javajunkie

    javajunkie BoM July '12

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    yeah, had that thought as well, as it is pertainant to more than our most current influx. gimme a couple...
     
  14. Angry Bill

    Angry Bill 2x BoM, BoY '08 Staff Member donor12

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    You da man Java.
     
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    Don't forget turtle slapping 😉
     
  16. King Kill 33

    King Kill 33 BoM Dec '13

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    Great post Ninja. Even good for some of us <2 yr members to brush up on some things we need to be reminded of from time to time.
     
  17. BenvolioMustDie

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    Well said that man
     
  18. Big Tex

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    Very well said!
     
  19. Hoshneer

    Hoshneer Blumpkin King

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    Yeah, I love this post. I give my older Botl classmates hell sometimes. What they don't know though is that the more crap I dish out the more I love them.
     
  20. Griz

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    Hubba Hubba , what ninja said, and welcome all.
     

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