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kimene16

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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.
Thank you. Well said to the point.
 

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I being a noob, have really felt welcomed and wanted to just say thank you to the guys I've communicated with thus far, and for the ones that have liked my posts too, enjoying the site very much and looking forward to a very long relationship with the BOTL, Have a great day
 
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Just wondering how long it takes to gain access. Been here for over 30 days and have made a good bit of posts. I'm excited to see what other parts of the forum open up.
 

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Very well said , and as a newbie my self this did help me very much ! Hope everyone has a great day !
 
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I'm happy to be here and happy to have all of this information at my fingertips. Thanks!

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Ex. Post as being new here, I thought I could just jump in without reading, n got lost in navigating around. As said everyone here is super friendly and will take the time to help you out. Thus I thank everyone here, and look forward to spending many years here having a good time and learning even more.

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Thanks for putting here. I like it when forums lay out clear amd concise guidelines for new folk. Nothing turns me off and online cumminity more that getting my hand slapped for doing something out of turn when "rule" were not openly available.

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Cool post. Not sure though, how do I get a bomb?


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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.
I am not sure what I love more that fact that someone wrote this or the fact that a Noob has because me a voice of the BOTL
 
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