I mean, this is EXACTLY how I got started in here. Lurked without signing up for a while, then signed up 28 days ago and here we are. Nobody has told me to go away, nobody has told me I’m not welcome, and hell, I’ve participated in some of the threads that could be more than intimidating for somebody who isn’t part of the long standing group.
Am I going to think I should be recognized and welcomed into things the same way that the most established members are? Hell no, that’s something that you have to get though consistency. However, the fact that I can post and have other users “like” the things I have to say as well as engage in conversation is enough for a very new user.
Do I feel like I am a little overwhelmed? Sure, but that’s generally how getting into an established message board/forum works when you’re later to the game. I have taken the time to learn some things about the others here though their posts, find the topics that interest me, and found that I can just read and laugh at a lot of things without ever needing to let anybody know that I’m there.
Will I get to the point that I will be trying to get to local events when we can? Listen, for sure. This is a board full of golf sickos and that is generally enough for me to be able to find something to talk about with them. We aren’t always going to agree, we aren’t always going to get along, but we are always going to be able to agree that golf is both stupid and wonderful all at the same time.