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Welcome Ann!!

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Give us the dirt: favourite character, favourite book, favourite scene, favourite color, favourite food, favourite time of year etc.

*Gives Ann his full attention, even though someone might sneak up on him and set him on fire*
Awh boo!

Welcome to TL, Ann. I would go through my normal routine, but Naz here's a jerkhole.
So I shall simply say welcome.
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Just keep in mind that the ESC is insane, the pantry is stalked by the perpetually mad souls of RS and his lesser siblings, try not to drive Tamyrlin insane because we need him and that is my job anyway, and just basically make yourself as at home as you can a place that only exists to much as you invest your mind and imagination into making it so.

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really... Newbies always come in groups over here, and this one isn't even from JordanCon... it's weird.
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Consider yourself officially welcomed to Theoryland Ann!! (glad you think it's pretty here) As I'm sure you've noticed, we have a pretty decent community of WoT fanatics over here. One of the ways that we keep it all friendly is a short list of courtesies we ask people to follow and, once in a while, actually do get followed. Imagine that! Insane people following some sort of order!


1) Don't flood the board with multiple THREADS all at once.
Allow us the time to absorb, evaluate, and discuss, OR LAUGH at one or two ideas, OR JOKES at a time. Some of us like to do a little research before responding and that can take a little time. Of course, we also have those others who are just a bit slow. Read that as "just can't handle more than one thought in their heads at once" or "dial-up modem". Your choice. I'd suggest "have a real life", but not likely. Does anyone still have dial up? Wow...it's getting hard to give the slow people an excuse

Addendum to 1) Try to stay on topic.
Going off on tangents can be super fun and is something we are all guilty of your's truly included but try and keep threads on topic unless, 1) the thread is dead or 2) the thread naturally moves over to another topic. This rule is much more lax for joke threads, pop culture threads...etc.

2) Try to back up your opinions & theories.
You'll get a lot more respect if you can. Quotes from the books (of which you CANNOT read too much) are your best weapon. Quotes from interviews are semi-acceptable. Gut feelings are pseudo-acceptable. Whitecloak blind-faith is best submitted while wearing asbestos panties.

3) Feel free to get as emotionally involved as you'd like.
Discussions can get very heated. But try not to take things personally. Remember: we only insult the ones we love. Or the ones we eventually hand over to the Trollocs.

4) Be respectful.
A lot of people have been around Theoryland for a long time. Being a Youngling means you're new around here. We do understand that you may have been reading WoT forever, but if you're gonna pick a fight regarding a WoT theory with someone who's an Elder, Ancient or Hero, understand that they've been around for a while now, and probably have posting friends. And Tamyrlin is Lord of the Board for a reason: this whole place is his brainchild. Keep that in mind. They also have posting enemies.... a good little bit of information to tuck away.

Addendum to 4: This is an international community.
In regards to the Non-WoT discussion groups, please respect the opinions of people from nations and cultures other than your own, even if you disagree with them or the policies of their leaders and politicians. Try to remember that not everyone here has the same outlook or life experience that you might. If you want to send a letter or e-mail to anyone in particular to indicate any specific moral, educational, intellectual, or genetic deficiencies they may have, feel free. Just please don't do it here.

Addendum 1 to Addendum 4: We don't all agree about the issues regarding the military action in Iraq. Post about this issue at your own risk. Things seem to be under control now. Though, there have been some flare-ups….be careful. We have had our own TLers over there, back home safe and sound, hope it stays that way. (I can't wait to be able to delete this Addendum.)

Addendum 2 to Addendum 4: Please no angry profanity.
If you really need to tell someone off, be creative. And replacing characters with @$$ does NOT constitute creativity. I like tend to like the Shakespearean approach myself. The smarter and more subtle you are with it, just makes the person look that much more an idiot.


Addendum 3 to Addendum 4: Please be nice to Newbies.
We were all new at one time you are one right now and there is no need to come down on anyone for asking questions that to the elder community may be basic knowledge. This is for you to remember after you've been here awhile.


Addendum 4 to Addendum 4: Please TRY not to feed the Trolls.
Trust me, it ain't easy at times, but ignore the obvious instigators. Just sit yourself down between the Heroes and Ancients sharpening the WTF Couch sticks. There are many on the board who know how to deal with this breed, leave them to it. It can be quite entertaining. If things get too offensive to the population in general, Mods will intervene. Feel free, however, to respond to Gonzo, our Resident Troll, we love him like a red-headed step child.

5) Please don't use the New Users Forum to recruit.
We have plenty of room in the other forums for begging for support for factions, theories, and the TCA. Please let the newbies look around for a while before taking sides in any pseudo-battles. ~looks around~ our biggest offender has not been around for a while ~sniff~


6) Most important: Have Fun!
We do this because we love it and like to think that we are, at least, reasonably intelligent. Hell, some of us have deluded ourselves into believing that we've evolved into supremely intelligent beings! Half the posters here believe that divine supremacy has already come to them! My vote is for Frenzy, and myself, of course. You know the Truth when you see it. Don't let T and her massive bag o' quotes fool you. We will assume some intelligence on your part. You found us, didn't you? Until you prove otherwise…and there are many who have, you'll be safe. If you get hurt if you do prove otherwise, I will offer my one free Healing…but just that once. After that you get to meet a special pair of chains, Mwahahahaa

Remember, you EARN your respect here, it's not given out freely and some may never know the pleasure.


Welcome to our little rounded corner! It’s a great time!



Enjoy!

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Old 05-06-2010, 08:15 PM
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Thank you for making me feel welcome, Birgitte, Nazbaque, Jokeslayer, Belazamon (ah great name), Matoyak, Firseal, Ishara, DahLIia, WinespringBrother, Sarevok and Zaela Sedai.


Zaela Sedai, I have read and absorbed the newbie rules and promise to be good. Good, well thought out rules and guidelines. (nods yes)

Being a real newbie compared to most of you, so far I see the viewpoints I have arrived at mostly already articulated? Though I still think we
are in for some surprises in the finale books. I mean Geez, who saw that coming with Verin? Anybody?


I have been in, and read even more, big disagreements over some of Tolkien's passages in LotR, mostly at the Plaza website.
But WHEEL OF TIME--HOLY COW! Textual references are essential. No question. But for now, I am sure I will be reading other posts for a good while before I feel ready to add my "two bits".

NazgulDude: favorites? hmm hrrmm
There are so many great characters I have a hard time picking a favorite, other than obviously Rand. I suppose I will go with Mat. He goes through so MANY changes. And I like his attitude.
I won't say right now about the "wondergirls" . . . maybe later . . .

Same with the books, which I read all in a row from Fall of 2008 through Spring of 2009.
Picking out a favorite is like breaking LotR into pieces and declaring for one piece of the story. Everything is just layered and layered as the saga unfolds. It's incredibly rich.
I just reread Lord of Chaos and it does stand out for a number of startling developments!

In the Gathering Storm, the scene with Verin blew my mind.

I am looking forward to Rand coming back down from (LTT's grave) the Dragonmount in better frame of mind and making amends with Tam, muchly, and hopefully.

Okay, I like chile (you might spell it chili, the former being the plant and the latter being any of a number of dishes made with the former), a lot. I like seasons and colors. Lifelong Tolkienite.
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Actually having it confirmed was what took most of us by surprised. Most of us knew she wasn't a "darkfriend" in the meaning of the word but it was debated over and over due to her lie in TGH
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Yes! A prime example of Robert Jordan being full of surprises!

You see clues, but when they add up it's not always what you expect. There was no way any one can convince me they might have made a case, based on the text, for her actually having infiltrated the darkfriends, there was only the small clue about "the lie" where she stated Moiraine had sent her. And the part about Tomas having been one and wanting a way out! Wow.
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