For my two cents, Fr Solis, I can see what you mean regarding the tone of the 'welcome', and I'm glad someone said so. It is unnecessarily haughty and pretentious and leaves me slightly bewildered. Firstly, Robert Ansell is far from being the "foremost authority on Spare in the country"; Kenneth Grant (the only author alive who knew and worked with Spare personally, and who wrote the books re-published and published by Robert's company; there are also perhaps other contenders) is. Secondly, even if he was the "foremost expert", the account which he uses here is entitled "bazelek", not Robert Ansell, or Fulgur, so there is no way - unless you are part of a particular clique, or unless you have bothered with this forum for long enough, which obviously newcomers haven't, to learn as much. There is no reason why a "newcomer" to any forum needs to a) be discouraged from posting two posts in twenty minutes (that is a very slow rate of posting if you're trying to have a conversation with people in real time, and is actually a slow rate of posting, full-stop, where I come from, forum-wise); or b) be 'made a fool of' for not knowing something which there was in fact hardly any way for him to know.
On the other hand, I also think it is reasonable and perhaps even necessary for the webmaster to discourage solicitation of original copyrighted material by living authors, such as with the excellent and desirable book "Zos Speaks", which although expensive-ish, it isn't really, not if you really truly want it, it's under $200! I'm one of the least fiscally-endowed people I know and I have still coughed up positively indecent multiples of this figure for things I simply couldn't live without....
Best regards to all,