As per the request of Gilvala I have started a Newbies Thread. This thread will contain info to help Newbies learn the ins and outs of PT. I thought it was a great idea.
PT is a great site. There is a lot of information here, lots of things to do and very interesting and wonderful people on the site. On the home page on the left hand side is a main menu that will take you to any area of the site you may wish to visit. On the right hand side are poles, a place for donations, the latest topics listed in the forums, and a place to Login. In the center you will find news articles concering anything interesting to Tolkien fans and website information.
There is a Guide Project. That is an on-going project that PT is trying to put together as a glossary/index/dictionary of the things found in Professor Tolkien's books. It has 107+ entries at the moment, but we are adding to it all the time. Keep checking back for more information.
The Forums are where PT members can discuss many wonderfull topics. All members can start a new thread. They are divided up into different sections. They are News, The Author, etc.
Within the forums there are Guilds. I believe the largest is the Writers Guild. It is where writers can get together to share their wonderful stories with each other and receive constructive criticism. Others, like myself that have no talents in that area, are welcome to come in and read.
There are also taverns where people can talk about almost anything, as long as it is reletively clean.
There are Threads where we have gotten to know each other better. One called 'What do you look like? Several of us have placed our pictures there and websites. There is one called 'How did you get your nick name?' (or something like that) There are others as well.
We also have a chat room. Anyone can come in and chat, you do not have to be a member. It is a great way to get to know the people of PT.
On the Home Page, Under the Main Menu, you can click on The Council to find out more information about the terrific people that run the website.
That is about all I can think of at the moment, I am sure more information will be added later. I hope all new members enjoy their time spent at PT. If you are a guest, please come back and join us when you can.
Welcome to PT.
Thanks, Melliot, for all the help you are providing around here... You're really proving to be a bit of a gem.
If any new members wish to introduce themselves, tell us all a bit about them, where they come from, what they like best about Tolkien, or whatever else for that matter, there is a thread in the Golden Perch Tavern called "members"
In addition to what Melliot has posted, may I say, if anyone has any suggestions about anything you'd like to see on the site etc, either post your suggestions (in the suggestions thread of the forum), or contact one of the Council Members either by Private Message (accessed through My Account on the left) or by e-mail. As Taz once said to us, this site belongs to us all, and it is down to us all to make it special.
Oh, and finally, I hope you all enjoy your time in here.