...I knew the ellipses (sp?) would pull you in. Anywho, call me a jerk but is anyone else tired of seeing 7-8 consecutive new threads "just wanting to introduce myself" ?? Most of the new users at this blog-ish community sign up to make that one statement and just as quickly dissolve into the simulacral realm from whence they came. That is to say, they're wham bam thank you ma'am posters. So here's an idea that perhaps new users should pick up on. How about you just jump into any discussion you find at LPSG and stick an introductory tagline onto your first post. I first got this idea after seeing someone "piggy back off a thread." They said their bit and then said hello. Coming to the Meet and Greet just to say "hey howdy" isn't necessary to validate your opinion. Your opinion has been validated since birth. Members here want to see active discussion. If anything, it's frustrating to see the Meet and Greet bogged down with the "hey howdies" that don't amount to much more than filler. Think about it in real life terms. How Haggard would you become if you had to go through your day saying, "welcome" to everyone you came across. Now imagine that a flock of countless people are following you around watching you welcome everyone you see. Maybe it's just me, but I'd rather see the effort expended on either general chat or actual advice. And I know some will say, but it's called Meet and Greet for a reason. Fine, fine. If you're still gonna make a new thread just to say "hey howdy," at least give us some of your likes, dislikes, fears, passions, concerns, dreams, goals, aspirations, et al. I guess, the ideal way for these sorts of online communities to work is to have members learn more about each other through thread conversations instead of all-too-brief "new from insert location here just wanted to say hi." Just saying is all... Someone please put me in my place and tell me to slink back off under the rock I crawled from. It's too early to make some grandiose online statement. And I'm probably being an asshat but oh wells. P.S. You guys have no idea how long I had to work just to save up for all these five dollar words. My whole damn summer .... for nada. Le sigh.