I've noticed that some members of the forum log in every now and then, but have never posted in the forum. In forum-speak, that is known as lurking and, while it may sound ominous, a lot of people like reading what others are saying but, for various reasons, may wait quite a while before participating in forum discussions, if at all. That's okay. If you truly prefer to lurk in the forum, you are welcome to do so. Some forum administrators remove members who haven't posted in a set period of time because they want to keep their participation percentage up, or for other reasons that I can't think of at the moment. I will not remove someone simply because they haven't posted. Of course, there are others who will create an account one day, then never come back to the forum. Those who haven't posted or logged into their account for a long period of time are periodically culled from the member list, not on any set schedule but whenever I think of it. When I said earlier that it is fine with me if you prefer lurking to participating in forum discussions, that's not exactly true. I won't remove you for not posting but I would very much rather see you become a true part of this forum. The forum would be better off, and I think you'd enjoy it a lot more if you were a part of it. There's no real trick to participating in the forum. No one here is going to yell at you if you post something in the wrong place, if you say something that someone has already said at some point, or if your spelling and grammar ain't perfect. While proper spelling and grammar is nice, don't let that keep you from participating. We're more interested in what you have to say than in how you say it, or where you say it. If you were to start a thread in the wrong part of the forum and it bothered me enough to notice, I'd simply move it. It's not that big of a deal. There are some potential hot-button issues, but that part of the forum is clearly marked as such and, even so, I think we do a pretty good job of being nice even when we may disagree. Someone once said that it's one thing to disagree, and quite another to be disagreeable. Disagreement can encourage further conversation, while being disagreeable can put an end to it. I'm not perfect in that respect, nor do I expect you to be. Some good rules to follow were used in Usenet groups, for those who may remember them. They were as follows: Try not to be too offensive. Try not to be too easily offended So please, feel free to jump in on any conversation that interests you. If you don't see anything that interests you, you're probably not looking closely enough. But, you can also start a new thread. New threads are nice, but replies to ongoing threads are equally nice. Welcome to the forum. It will be even better if you participate.