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  1. #1
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    A Primer for New Users

    Dear New User -
    We're glad to see newer users on our forums of all authenticity levels. Our goal here is to share information, and by doing so, we hope to move the hobby(s) forward.

    We see some of our new users making the same mistakes over and over as they join our community. This primer is meant as a brief how-to for you to have a more enjoyable experience here.

    HINTS FOR A SUCCESSFUL STAY:
    • Follow the rules: We have rules here! Please read them. I can not stress enough how important it is that new users read the rules... they are not arbitrary, we go into great depth to explain why we have these rules. Please read the rules.
    • Read More:
      We find that a lot of our new users are eager to make a big impact here, right away. We suggest you temper your enthusiasm just a bit and get a feel for how the forum works before you dive in headfirst.
    • Contribute something besides opinion: You'll garner reputation around here more quickly if you add to the discussion. We like referenced resources and you'll impress the heck out of us if you list the source and publication info where you got your information. More facts, less opinions.
    • Search:
      Please use the search function which is found on every page of this website. Some of our users have posted here for years, and seeing the same question posted over and over can get tiresome. There's nothing wrong with asking questions it would just be appreciated if you gave the search function a run, first. This is general discussion forum etiquette and not peculiar to CW reenacting forums.
    • Don't get bent out of shape about every little perceived slight: Please try not to feel insulted every time someone disagrees with you. We really are trying hard here to limit the vitriol (read anger/angst/infighting) but from time to time folks will get at each other. If it happens, try not to make a mountain out of a molehill. Taking arguements to emails, and being reasonable in the process, saves us all a lot of grief in the long-run.
    • Stay off the Sell forums at first: We're becoming very leary of new users who go straight to the For Sale forums. Con men and scam artists are most unwelcome here. Contribute to the forum over the course of time and you'll earn our trust.
    • Watch-out for Copyrights: Please don't post information that is not properly referenced. We're serious about research - a lot of us take a great deal of pride in it.
    More as I can think of them....If OTHER users have a suggestion or tip for our new users, please post a reply here and share your insights.
    Last edited by paulcalloway; 02-18-2004 at 05:16 PM.
    Paul Calloway
    Proudest Member of the Tar Water Mess
    Proud Member of the GHTI
    Member, Civil War Preservation Trust
    Wayne #25, F&AM

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    Re: A Primer for New Users

    Go buy, borrow, or steal some of the basic books on CW material culture.

    Time Life's Echoes of Glory Series
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846

    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...books&n=507846


    and

    Troiani's Regiments and Uniforms of the Civil War:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books

    and

    Les Jensen's GI Series Johnny Reb:
    http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg...glance&s=books


    Those will get you started and give a great knowledge base!

    DO IT!
    R.B.Weddle

    7th New York State Militia

    "Beware of all enterprises that require new clothes" - Henry David Thoreau

    "The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional as to how they perceive the Veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their country."
    George Washington , 1789


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    Re: A Primer for New Users

    Read more, post less

    Ask people in YOUR UNIT basic questions.

    Understand that those that have been around here a long time get tired of
    basic questions again and again and again.


    Steve Parrish
    Hogg Mess

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    Re: A Primer for New Users

    Oh, here's another -

    Don't come here asking us to do your bookreport for you. We value research and effort... we devalue the slothfulness often accompanied by youth.
    Paul Calloway
    Proudest Member of the Tar Water Mess
    Proud Member of the GHTI
    Member, Civil War Preservation Trust
    Wayne #25, F&AM

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    Re: A Primer for New Users

    If someone asks: Where can I buy x and y? Don't feed us with "Sutler Row" answers.
    Last edited by HOG-EYE MAN; 02-18-2004 at 07:49 PM.

    Aaron Schwieterman
    Cincinnati

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    Re: A Primer for New Users

    Please see the "Beginner's bibliography" stuck thread in the "Camp of Instruction" forum. This was an attempt to give new guys some sources to read and maybe answer some of the more basic questions being asked here recently.
    Mike "Dusty" Chapman

    Member: CWT, CVBT, NTHP, MOC, KBA, Stonewall Jackson House, Mosby Heritage Foundation

    "I would have posted this on the preservation folder, but nobody reads that!" - Christopher Daley

    The AC was not started with the beginner in mind. - Jim Kindred

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