This list was compiled, from input by many members of our forum, over 5 years ago. (and it's been hiding in a sticky for a long time).
The message still stands the test of time.
Tips For New Members
-Read the information you were provided when you registered.
-Read the Stickies. Pay particular attention to the Puff Cigar Discussion Forums FAQ, FAQs, General Rules for Puff - PLEASE READ!.
-Start your stay at Puff by posting an introduction of yourself in the New Puffer Fish Forum. This is the first step in letting people get to know you.
-Don't ask about where to get Cuban cigars or discuss vendor practices in the forums.
-There is so much info here. Take the time to read old threads. When reading older threads, try and get a feel for the personalities of the members.
-Take the time to get together with fellow members whenever you have the opportunity. Online is cool. Face to face rocks. If you have a camera, bring it along.
-Pay It Forward is a lifestyle not just a term.
-Don't be afraid of posting a review on whatever you are smoking. You might be surprised at the reaction.
-Do not let other's reviews and opinions influence your opinion of what you smoke.
-Some helpful things to know:How to: Report a Post, Give Trader Feedback, and Give Reputation Points (RG).
-Visit Cigar Information, Cigar Reviews, Cigar Articles for Beginners and Experts for some great unbiased reviews
-It is OK to simply read a thread that appears to be heading south, and have the willpower NOT to post to that thread. Posting to such a thread when you don't know the members or the personalities involved can turn a debate between willing parties into a flame war.
-If you're not sure whether it's appropriate to post something ...wait...you can PM a moderator or a person you feel comfortable with first. Someone should be willing to help.
-If you have an issue with someone, take it up with them the PM route.
-Try not to be a post whore right off the bat.
-Buy your humidor 4 times bigger than you think you will need and buy some beads.
-Take the time to learn and understand the nuances of the advanced search option in this forum.
-If you receive a package (trade, bomb, sale, PIF), send a “thank you” private message (PM) to the sender.
-Hit the Reply w/Quote button only when quoting the message is pertinent to what you are posting. Otherwise just hit Post Reply. When quoting another Puffer, it's not always necessary to quote their entire post--especially if it's particularly long, or it contains numerous photos. When appropriate, chop the quote down to isolate the part that's relevant to what you intend to say.
-If you post a link to something that may be inappropriate for people to see at work...use NSFW in the thread title or post.
-Respect is something you earn. If you take your time and get involved, you'll find that Puff is a wonderful thing.
-To make friends, be a friend.
-Feel free to ask questions.
A final thought:
"Respect is earned. Many, if not most, people who join Puff do so because of the wealth of information found here. That wealth was forged over time by generous, experienced people. They have earned respect by simply building this place. As newcomers, we have the burden of offering respect first and hoping for its return second. And it's a bit unfair to newcomers, maybe, especially those who already know a bit about the hobby. And sometimes FOGs abuse their perceived privilege. And nothing is perfect. If Puff were perfect, it would stop being perfect when the second member joined". Tritones (Mike)
Feel free to add any other relevant comments.