The Cigar BB Newbie Guide
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Keep up the good work!!
Posted 18 April 2013 - 12:37 PM
My fault guys. I kinda fell out of the cigar hobby for a little while and somehow I let this lapse. For those of you who never saw it, it looked like crap anyway (web design is not exactly my forte). If anybody wants, I can make another one, but I believe Rod has most all of the same information here.
I'm guessing this should probably be unpinned.
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Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:31 AM
Rescued from the files of gee-wish-I-had-read-that-before-it-went-defunct internet oblivion by yours truly, the bumbling noob errant and ankle biter, I present unto one and all what seems to be the most necessary and useful portion of what was once the Cigar BB Newbie Guide (if I can rescue more useful information from this website, I will):
(Note: Some information has been omitted, but nothing presented here has been edited other than for format.)
Welcome to the wonderful world of cigar message boards. From the greenest of newbies to the most discerning aficionado, online cigar communities are a great way to converse, share knowledge, and even trade with other cigar enthusiasts throughout the world. But before you go jumping into the first board you come across, you should get a feel for how online cigar communities work. I have seen many a newbie make an honest, but avoidable, mistake right after joining a board (I made one or two myself). It's unfortunate because they then have to dig themselves out of a hole or they get run off. I created this site as a resource to hopefully create better educated newbies. The information contained here has been gleaned from several different cigar boards, advice from established members, and what I have personally learned from my experience in the online cigar communities.
First of all, what does "FOG" stand for? FOG stands for F'n Old Guy. It's a funny little name for a group of people who deserve respect. Most of the time, when a newbie does something out of line (knowingly or unknowingly), the FOG's are the ones who straighten them out. The confusion sometimes arises in what it means to be a FOG. First, let me state clearly that I am not a FOG, so only take my definition as one not being from a definitive source, but one based on what I've learned thus far.
You'll here talk from time to time about whether or not somebody "gets it." "Getting it" is not an easy concept to explain, but I'll try to give the best impression of it that I can put into words. To "get it" means to realize that we're all just a group of people discussing a hobby. It means talking to the other members as if you were talking to them face to face. It means showing respect instead of showing off. It means getting more enjoyment out of gifting cigars than getting cigars. It means sharing your knowledge with others while realizing that there is still more you can learn as well. Just reading and agreeing with this doesn't mean you "get it." There's a lot more to it that I didn't mention, because there's not really a good way to explain it. When you finally get it, you'll know. If not, others will tell you.
It's a good idea to introduce yourself before trying to get involved in other aspects of the forums. It's considered bad form make your first post one that is asking to get in on a pass, trying to set up a trade, or trying to sell cigars. Get yourself known first. If the board has a Newbie Trade thread get involved in that. It's a great way to try some new sticks, and get a trade with an established member under your belt.
Edited by Juanote, 30 June 2013 - 02:25 PM.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 07:52 AM
More pertinent information, sifted from the ashes of the former Cigar BB Newbie Guide.
If you're new to internet message boards in general, you may be asking "What is an asshat?" An asshat is basically someone who is a complete tool. They show up to cause trouble and generally disrupt the board. There are several different types of asshats who frequent cigar boards, so let me break them down for you:
Edited by Juanote, 30 June 2013 - 02:26 PM.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:04 AM
So concludes this trilogy of attention / post whoring, all in the name of public service mind you, with a final pertinent section of the now-defunct Cigar BB Newbie Guide:
Edited by Juanote, 30 June 2013 - 04:17 PM.
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