In addition to what Steve has said, before entering the active part of the forum, new members may find it very helpful to review the forum's Pizza Glossary at http://www.pizzamaking.com/pizza_glossary.html
. That glossary contains many of the terms that are used on the forum and may answer many of the basic questions that new members might have. New members, and especially those new to pizza making, may also find it helpful to review some of the common abbreviations used on the forum. Those abbreviations are set forth in the "sticky" at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,20056.msg196875.html#msg196875
. There is also a Newbies Topics board at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/board,39.0.html
that contains information that might be useful to new members.
There are also two very useful search features on the forum. One is a custom Google Search feature that can be accessed at the bottom of the main page of the forum at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php
. That search feature can be used just like any other Google search.
The second search feature is the "Advanced search" feature that expands upon the basic search feature that can be accessed at the top of any page of the forum. To better understand how best to use the Advanced search feature, see the "sticky" thread at http://www.pizzamaking.com/forum/index.php/topic,3101.msg26282.html#msg26282
Using the forum's search features will usually answer many of the questions that new members may have, so it is recommended that new members use those search features, as well as well known search engines (like Google) if needed, before posing any remaining unanswered questions to the membership. We recognize that new members may not be able to find everything they are looking for using the above tools but using them might help new members better phrase or compose their questions or requests for help. I suggest that new members pose their questions and requests for help in the main part of the forum rather than in their introductory posts, which are best reserved for introducing the members to the rest of the membership.
New members should also refrain from posting ads in any form, including through the use of links, in their introductory posts or in subsequent posts. Only Supporting Members (through their donations) are allowed to post ads on the forum for viewing by the members and, even then, only on the Advertisements board.