Hi there When I joined the Army many hundreds of years ago, one of the things that made it marginally easier was several pages of what was called "Joining Instructions". These pages told us what we could and couldn't do, where we could and couldn't go, and who to salute. They made the transition smoother, and a lot less scary. First of all, we want you to feel welcome at Netrider. And Netrider will be a whole lot more fun if you know how it works. Of course, if you're familiar with how a phpBB forum works, you can cut straight to somewhere that's caught your interest and dive straight in. For the rest of you, read on..... Individual Forum Areas The forum is like a tree with lots of branches, each bearing different fruit. You may want to sample them all, or just spend most of your time on one. That's your choice. The categories, or individual fora, have very self-explanatory names. Announcements and News, for example, is about "Official Netrider Announcement and News Items". The administrators use this area to indulge their abuse of power to write nice things about themselves. Needless to say, most of us don't go there, because we don't want to encourage them. Racing, MotorSports and Track days is likewise self-explanatory. Before you post anything, have a quiet think about the most appropriate forum in which to post it. It's worth doing that because more people who are interested in it will see it if it's in the right place. But more importantly, you'll spare yourself the pain of having a grumpy moderator shift it to the more appropriate place, and you not being able to find it when you go back to survey your masterpiece. Most of all, avoid what we call "General Discussion Dumping"; posting anything and everything in the General Discussion forum. This is a bit like tipping a file ino the top drawer of a filing cabinet and hoping it will find its way to the Ls by gravity. It won't happen, and the Administrators get REALLY grumpy about general discussion dumping. Ts and Cs The dreaded Terms and Conditions. No-one forces you to come here, but we're delighted that you have. No-one will force you to go, either, but like any big family (there are thousands of us here) there needs to be a few rules and regulations to guard against an outbreak of anarchy, We call them the Terms and Conditions. Here they are; https://netrider.net.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=2813 Please take a minute or two to read them through and think about their implications. If you post something you should not, or get a thread or a post removed, you will be told that it is because you have breached the Ts&Cs, and the fact that you haven''t read them will not count at all! Search Search is your best friend as you navigate the labrynth of Netrider. It's up there at the top of the page next to FAQs. Experiement with it. Search for the name and model of your bike, for example, and see how many 'hits' you get. (If its a Honda CBR-250RR, hit search and go away and make a coffee....) New Netriders are usually one of two types of people. They are either new-to-bikes people, or older riders, who've been riding for many decades, or who have come back to bikes after getting rid of their kids! Netrider caters for both, and welcomes both. If you're entirely new, bear with us old geezers are we blather on about bikes they stopped building before you were born. If you're an old exprienced rider, rememeber that you, too, was once a wide-eyed excited tyro, asking the local mechanic endless simple questions. That's what we're here for; to give the next generation the same short-cuts our mentors gave us. Profiles Your profile can be as little information as you want to give, or as much as you are allowed. Just bear in mind that if you post a question like; "Hi, I'm new and I want buy my first bike.", someone's going to ask "Where are you from?" so as to know what dealer you should visit, or what type of bike you are allowed to buy depending on state or territory regulations. So please, tell us how old you are, and tell us where you live, at least. If you've read this far, you have passed the first test in belonging to Netrider! Congratulations, and welcome..... Let the fun begin.