Here is Laureanna's post, from the thread <a href='http://www.tolkienonline.com/thewhitecouncil/messageview.cfm?start=20&catid=13&threadid=69165' target=_blank> Why do we find it difficult to discuss these films?</a> It was written July 26, about 6 weeks after she joined TORC.<BR><BR><i>Solutions to the noobie problem:<BR>1. Cut noobies off at the knees by saying "been there, done that, go search, this thread is locked". This will get rid of the less persistent.<BR>2. If a noobie's thread is not locked, let the thread wither and die. This will discourage those with enthusiasm and new ideas.<BR>3. Ignore noobies pointedly by not noticing their contributions, but applauding the same idea when an older poster makes it an hour later. This will get rid of the less assertive.<BR>4. Admonish them, in the Welcome thread, to go the adoption forums, where only posters with over 500 posts seem to hang out, and where they are bound to feel extremely exposed and out-of-place as they walk, clueless, into someone else's personal conversation.<BR>5. Wait til they've posted about 50 times, ignoring each post, then have a ringbearer respond with "that's nice". Most noobies will fall off their chairs in shock at being noticed and never recover.<BR>4. Engage in several pages of instant messages, orange/apple arguments, spamming, and inside jokes. Many noobies will wander away in despair, looking for the True Community elsewhere.<BR>5. Shunt noobies off to a kiddies forum. Watch as older members acquire new personae just for the sport of trolling these innocent waters.<BR><BR>Then sit back and complain that all you have left is crochetty, thick-skinned, aggressive, sarcastic noobies like me .<BR><BR>Laureanna</i><BR><BR>Since being bumped a few days ago, a number of people have commented on this; it seems to reflect several new people's experience of the Movies Forum. Much of this is well beyond our purview here in the Diner, but I thought I'd at least say what I said in my previous post by way of corrective.<BR><BR>Axordil, I don't think the high post counts are a problem (especially right in the middle of celebrating two people's 2000th!!!!!). For me (at least) it was the fear of butting in on a closed personal conversation. And what could we do? The purpose of the Adoption forums is pretty clear, and if we DON'T converse, they will wither and die, and a newcomer would instead find threads where nobody had posted for months, a situation worse than before.<BR><BR>And maybe most people aren't as cowardly as I am <img src="http://www.tolkienonline.com/mb/i/expressions/face-icon-small-wink.gif"border=0> Obviously Laureanna had tongue in cheek to a large extent. And all of us here have braved the waters at some point or other.