Welcome all you new members to the BOC. You have truly found a wealth of information and a "wealth" of people. As you notice, once you join, you are bombarded by any number of people welcoming you. I myself have only been here 4 months. I still find things sometimes confusing, of course I am easily confused and this could be the problem. I have written down some things that might be helpful to you. Regarding user names: Very descriptive and informative. You yourself have acquired one of your own. You will find, sometimes, references to someone you never heard of. These are known as AKA, aliases or just Pokes. I don't know all of them, but here are some examples- Splitshot= spitshoot, Splitshorts, Ol' Cutsinker, Crimped lead Olefin= "Pops", Ole, Old Rigger Katfshn50= Train wreck, East Coast Mafia, Or also known as ZZ Tops hairdresser. Jd Dyskstra= JD Dyskstra ('nuff said) Cheryl= The poet, "Mom" Dreadnaught= Dreaded Knight, JW, Dead Nuts Kat in the Hat= Rat in the Hat, Axe Man Kat Tamer= The Warden (for Kat in the Hat) Baitchunker= Upchunker P. K. Howell= Pea Kay, Sister Pat ( I don't think she wears a habit) Oldgrowler= Old Snarler Redd= Lil' Doggies Postbeetle= Stinkbeetle, Dung head (or a similar reference) The Barse= Irish Mike, The next King of England Catgirl= Catscratch Fever Many more, but you get the point. A few other helpful hints: Moderators = Mod, The grease pencil cops, redactors, shape shifters. Stay away from these folks. High Intensity area= Gateway to He$$ Regarding Avatars: Personal picture avatars. Take these with a grain of salt. These guys have just taken a bath, or their wifes made them dress up for the picture. In actuality they look much worse than their picture. Catfish pictures avatars. These pictures are taxidermy replicas. They pass that dead fish around amongst themselves, or they actually steal a real fish from the taxidermy shop, picture it and then return it. Additional chapters can be added to this Freshman Primer. If you have questions ask "The Twinkie Guy"