Oh boy, I remember so well my early days here
Many were kind, yet occasionally I got my butt kicked. I know now, I didnt truly grasp the agenda, not purposely, but cos of wide eyed blinkered inocense I think. I do believe that now, OCCASIONALLY, I can add something of value (not always) but it was the butt slaps, accompanied by the gentle warmth combined, that helped me grow. I think if you are genuine, and maybe even throw the odd confused and hurt tantrum, but KEEP coming back to learn, and eventually share valuable experience, you will only gain benifit from here, and the rare few boards like it. One thing experience here (negative or otherwise) has taught me, is that if you are genuine, not particularly knowledgeable in avian expertise, but genuine as a person, you will fit in. And slapped butts dont sting forever!