First of all, Welcome!
(or Welcome Back, if that's the case!)
For those of you completely new to the board, Misc is the place for all those topics that don't neatly fit into the other forums. As you can see reading down the list, we often have quirky, funny, moving and downright random threads co-existing. It's a good place - enjoy it!
Second, I would particularly advert you to a few FAQs:
1) What happened to TNZ?
TNZ (The Neutral Zone) - a forum for heated debate, with a looser set of rules than the rest of the board - is now a hidden forum.
To see it and join in the debates, you can request access
in your User CP. Click User CP then Group Memberships. Or click here
to go there directly.
Conversely if you wish to remove your access from TNZ you can do so on that page.
TNZ is a useful forum for subjects that may raise strong passions and equally strong opinions, such as politics and religion.
2) My hello thread got locked/moved! Why did you do that?
We get a lot of new members joining us in any given day, so a separate welcome thread for each of you in Misc would rapidly overwhelm the forum. Instead, we now have a pinned Welcome New Members thread at the top of Misc!
That's the thread to say Hi and for all of us barflys to say welcome. It's not for incessant chat between regulars though. So don't spam it up. Keep it welcoming for the newbies!
There's also an exclusive Red Shirt Lounge in the Ten Forward section of the board for new guys and gals to chat with each other without the old folk watching over your shoulder, if you want to!
3) I want to link to a really funny YouTube video - is that OK?
Of course. But there are so many videos floating around the internet, some on YouTube, some on other sites, that we can't really have Misc overwhelmed by lots of threads on each individual video. So we have a Video Thread instead. Currently it's pinned to the top of the forum. It's the right thread for any short video clip, esp. the funny ones.
One thing more on this issue - rarely, if the video has a separate, truly legitimate discussion point beyond "check out this funny clip!", we let the topic run as an individual thread of its own, at least for a while. Use basic common sense on this point, please! Moderating staff can and will make a judgement call as to whether videos merit a thread of their own, so don't be surprised if your video thread is locked. Rule of thumb? Use the aggregated Video Thread!
OK, enough FAQs...
Just get stuck in with posting and you'll soon find out we're a pretty friendly and laidback bunch.
Happy posting everyone!