Posting for the first time is rather like making an impression on a group of people you've never met. If you want to be liked and accepted, it helps to make a good first impression. Lurk before you post! If you're looking at being part of a particular forum such as MAP, lurk around with the objective of understanding the culture before you make your first post. Get a sense of how the people who are already there act. It'll give you an idea of whether you'll be able to hit it off with the forum. The consequences of not lurking: You'll just get flamed or laughed at ... LOL Read the topic rules. MAP doesn't have too many rules. However we do not permit multi-posting (identical posts to two or more forums). Also try to adhere to the basic rules of netiquette. Keep messages short. Focus on a single idea or topic. Use RELEVANT subject headings, key words etc, and structure what you write. .... open a JOURNAL if you feel you need to express yourself! Don't waste anyone's time or bandwidth..... avoid duplicate posts, high-resolution images, signatures that read like novels!! Don't expect instant responses to all your questions. And if you do expect responses, be prepared to participate and share ideas on what other people post too. Don't assume that all readers will agree with your rants and raves. Expect negative feedback and criticism. Be nice when responding to messages with which you strongly disagree. Avoid getting personal or insulting another forum poster ... the mods here have one finger lightly pressed on the BAN button and the other....... DO NOT threaten, harass, name-call, offer your brand of obscenity, spam, flagrant posting of advertising.... etc. Follow these simple & basic rules before you hit POST REPLY ... BANNING IS SUCH SWEEET SORROW!!! It is my hope that my views and opinions expressed herein do state and reflect those of the rest of the MAP staff!