I think that's a very good point about new members wanting some time to settle in a bit before they start to post much, it's just how I feel with a new forum - I want to have a chance to see what people are like and also feel any undercurrents that I don't want to get caught up in. I'm certainly not the sort of person who joins a group and starts flooding it with threads, posting essays on other people's threads and resurrecting ones that are years old just to have a say - mind you those sort never seem to stick around long anyway.I think people’s use of the forum will change from time to time. I post a lot less now than a few years ago, and I would not have described myself as a prolific poster even then. My circumstances have changed over the years. I no longer ride; I no longer have a horse, with all that entails with feed, rugs,etc; my ponies live out, unrugged, all year round, so no stabling or bedding; I only drive occasionally for short distances, so no clipping, presentation or clipping etc. So not a lot to start threads with! I live a very quiet life in Shetland, so not a lot to contribute socially either. I am not a “chatty” person. Oh grief, I sound so boring!
BUT, I do like to read what other people are doing, and join in if I feel I have something to contribute. I have found NR to be a comfortable place, generally. So new joiners may need some time to read and settle before joining in. Well, that’s my two penn’orth!