Welcome to our little corner of the Internet Asylum! In this forum, you will meet one of the most interesting microcosms of society made up of some of the most interesting, friendly, knowledgable and informative people on the net. More importantly, they all have something in common, The Pampered Chef. (Usually referred to as TPC, PC or HO.) You'll also find a can of mixed nuts, some crackpots, a few weirdos that help keep this place light and entertaining and at least one or two curmudgeons who can find the cloud around every silver lining. --------------------- DISCLAIMER: I am not an administrator or moderator on this forum, I'm just a user like you are. The guidelines here are not necessarily those of the owners of this site, they're just my opinions garnered from over 25 years of posting on the Internet and at least a couple in this forum. --------------------- As a newbie to our forum, or "noob," you naturally have a lot of questions. Rather than have you ask the same question some other noob asked three days ago, we're going to try to list them here, along with some general advice, to enhance your experience and help you to become a valuable member of our community. (Note: We use the term, "noob" in a good sense here. Be careful, it may be considered a derogatory term on other forums.) You'll find this place to be like a giant playground so the main thing is for you to have fun! If you're not much for the monkey bars, try the swings or other equipment. There's something here for everyone. Some general advice for the newbie - read more, post less. This will give you a chance to learn who is who around here and learn some general etiquette. There are real people behind these posts, so don't go saying something in a post that you wouldn't say to them in real life. While it is tempting, don't insult or demean people. (We had a terrible squabble up here a long time ago with lots of accusations, name calling and reputation bashing. The net result was a lot of hurt feelings and people who left the forum for good and even some who quit TPC over it.) Think twice before you hit "Post Quick Reply" or "Submit Reply." Rule of thumb - if you wouldn't say it to someone in RL (Real Life) don't type and post it here. Also, before you post a question, you might do a Search to find out if the topic has already been covered. Near the top of the window, there is a drop-down menu that allows you to do a quick search (not real useful) or an Advanced Search where you can set parameters for search criteria. You can also search within a thread for specific terms, which can be quite useful, especially in very long threads. You can also use an outside search engine, like google, to search here. Click the link to see how to use google to search Chef Success. NEW FEATURE Added March, 2010 I N D E X Here are links to some frequently asked questions. Note to newbies: This is a shortcut for those who have already read this thread. Read the entire thread before you try the index, thank. Acronyms: What do all the funny DH, DD, IMHO, EAD etc. mean? Avatar: See "Control Panel" because it's not a movie, it's that little picture under your user name. Chef Success Member Guidelines: What are the rules for this site? See Also: The Official CS Member Guidelines by Greg. Control Panel: How to set up your Chef Success Environment. FedEx, Fed Up With, I'm angry with: So are lots of other people, no need to start a new thread, we've heard it all before. Hijacking: Why does a thread go off on tangents? Icons: What do all those little pictures mean? Jokes & Humor, Where to Post: There's a thread for that. Links, Creating Links: How do I create a link to my other favorite website? Photos: How do I add photographs to my posts? Quoting a Post, (It's in the next post, near the bottom.) See also, Multiple Quotes: How do I quote mutliple posts in my post? Rule Violations, Reporting: "I found someone selling on ebay! I'm so mad!" So are we. Don't start t thread, turn 'em in. Reporting: See "Rule Violations" Above. ebay Personal Information on the Web Personal Website Violations Linking Violations Searching: Before you ask, look for an answer. Someone has probably already posted the answer to your question. Smilies: How do I use smilies besides the ones here? Symbols, what do they mean? See "Icons" above. Threads: What is a thread? Threads, Locked: What is a locked thread and why is it locked? Ready? Here we go, starting in the next post.