Your Post would have been more appropriate in the Welcomeummm.....Hello everyone? Glad to be a here.
Me smells a TROLL.....If it's a close knit group like you say it is, definitely ask your question waving your Newbie flag. Absolutely mention that you've been reading the forum for a while, and feed their egos by telling them how much you've learned from them and that you're now asking for their help. I don't think you need to contribute to anything existing before posting a question if you approach it this way, andt this will be a good way of getting you into the group and making future postings a non-issue.
It may not renew your hope for all of humanity, but there's at least one noob reading all the stickies.Good posts, It's too bad the noobs will never read them when this is stikied. The word "sticky" must mean, DO NOT READ, in some wierd noobland
Anyway, at least I'll have a thread to refer some people to. Thanks!