I'm one of those people who is very hesitant to ask questions now, and I imagine I'm not the only one. I'm just the only one who posted it.
Hi Mr. or Ms. FYI . . . we're strictly hobbyist Burners who happen to socialize here and talk shop to excess. We're not hired, paid, obligated, or official (beyond perhaps the moderators, whose status I do not know, but are at minimum official to US). When you think about this, it's apparent. No one here has to answer or help anyone. When you see good advice, it's been a gift. Not an obligation. Not a mandated 7 contacts per hour for good Q.A. scores.
I'm sorry you're nervous to ask questions. However, if you read a lot more than you ask, attempt research, ask politely, and avoid taking a society-matron-vs.-shopgirl tone of "snap to it, I need service"--which I sense you
wouldn't, right?--you'll probably be fine here. We just bristle when we get people who treat us like--as Cryptofishist put it--"the help". Or who sound like nightmare neighbors for X number of reasons.
MyDearFriend wrote:Please introduce yourself before you make a remark.
It's not a fatal mistake, to fail to do that; I did it myself.
Agreed, it really isn't a fatal mistake. Hell, if you slip in unobtrusively enough, you can get away with never formally introducing yourself. I never did. I was slowly absorbed slowly into the ePlaya bloodstream . . . and now you're all screwed!
But Mr. or Mrs. FYI
, you might feel better if you go delurk properly in Introduce Yourself--as that nickname, or a new one if you feel paranoid now. Tell people what state you're from, how long your decision has been in coming, or whatever you think is relevant. Give people a chance to like you and socialize before you start guilt-tripping anonymously.