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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:33 AM
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Default POLL - When Did You GET Here?

In response to another thread here about a comment a poster made about Chit Chat being a "closed shop"... thought I'd run this by everyone to prove (or disprove) my own theory.

I think initally someone coming across Chit Chat assumes that people here are "tight" because they know each other so well, or have known each other for a long time. Yet, I think in the vast majority of cases, this isn't even close to the truth.

People come and go, and though there are lots of regulars, I think the majority of posters are relative "newbies" themselves.

So.. the question... When did you get here and start posting?

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:40 AM
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Well, I have been here about 5 years. Don't remember the exact time but I have made friends with many people on this board. Old posters and new. I think we do pretty well at welcoming each other.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:44 AM
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I arrived here in June of 2004 and I find that the boards for the most part give me a warm fuzzy feeling like catching up with old friends.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:45 AM
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I also have been around for about five years but do not post every day.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:49 AM
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I've probably been around about a year. I find the people who post here to be "real", and entertaining. I've found a lot of good information, stuff I didn't know, even though we've been cruising for a long long time. GREAT SITE!
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:49 AM
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I have been here since May of 2004, I think. I know I lurked for a while before I got the courage to post. Now it is the first website I hit every morning.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:51 AM
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I've been here about 6 years I think. I think it was in the summer of 2000 when I first came here.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:52 AM
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I think it was around Aug of 2002 when another friend (outside of the boards ) told me about this. We were planning our Voyager trip and it was great to have all the inside tips
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:52 AM
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I've been here a little over 2 years.......a lurker at first........then thought why not post??? Have met a few people here.....hope to meet a lot more.....a real nice bunch of posters!!!!


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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:56 AM
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Since 2001 when I started researching my first cruise.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 09:57 AM
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About a year for this Canadian.

I find it interresting to correspond (allmost like talking) with people from all over on a daily basis.

Never actually met any CruiseMates in person. However, there are several, that , if we ever meet, it will be like meeting an old friend.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 10:20 AM
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Been here since the inception of the site. Have met lots of great people over the years and are still meeting new ones everyweek. Don't be shy, we're quite friendly.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 10:25 AM
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I discovered this board last July after booking our first cruise. I don't know how I would have gotten through my first cruise without all the fantastic tips & information I gained from the people here. And I know if I ever need someone to vent to, or need advice I can come here and get a lot of valuable opinions and/or a sympathetic ear or two (or 50)!
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 10:31 AM
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2001

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I first came on here last summer for researching our first cruise on the Grandeur. I found TONS of helpful advice and advise people if they have any questions to come to these boards for endless ideas and help about cruising. Thanks so much for helping us to enjoy our cruises.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 10:45 AM
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I came here in late 1999. That was more than five years and more than a dozen cruises ago. I was a cruising newbie and asked many of the newbie questions on a couple of the other boards and was basically made to feel like an idiot for asking them. I came here and had the questions answered and I was welcomed. I hung around so much that they put me to work. Heck, I even tried to resign and they wouldn't let me go. <VBG>

I now try to keep that welcome feeling alive for all newbies who come along. Regulars may have seen the same questions asked many times but it's all new for first time cruisers and they have never visited a cruise site or message board before. Just think how excited you were before your first cruise.

BTW: Just about every day, I learn something new.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 10:49 AM
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 11:11 AM
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I started posting in Chit-Chat in the summer of 2002.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 11:13 AM
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I think I came "onboard" in about 2001 or so, just before our first family cruise. I lurked for a really long time before I posted. I absolutely love it here! I recommend this site to people all the time, especially those going on their first cruise! I did not have the feeling that it is a "closed shop", but that it is a tight knit group, you know, just friends who know each other well. BUT, never did I feel that I was left out of the group because I was new, or because I don't post very often. This board is very open and accepting of everyone. Who wouldn't want to be a part of that?

Thanks for letting me give my $.02 worth!

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 11:17 AM
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I know I've been around a LONG time, but don't know exactly when I found this wonderful place. I believe it was shortly after Cruisemates became a reality. Maybe 98 or 99...not really sure.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 11:22 AM
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I started here in May. Found it by mistake, and because I had never cruised before, didn't know there was such a site. I think the first question I asked, I got 10 responses, and I was shocked. Not only have I learned about cruising, I learned about Canada, UK, and the how total strangers can love you, and care. I realized last week, that I was not only a poster, but a friend to so many.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 11:32 AM
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Got THAT right Luanne!

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I didn't even know that there were such things as "message boards" (honest!) until November of 2002, when my brother (another frequent cruiser) tipped me off to the fun on CruiseMates. Funny thing is, he doesn't post here himself whereas I've been posting ever since. I even made a note of the date of my first posting...it was November 25, 2002. We were preparing for our 13th cruise (Norway), and I'm pretty sure I wrote something really stupid as I lost my message board virginity. Been here ever since. I occasionally post on "another" site, but only because they have a roll call board (which I really enjoy). But I use a different handle there, so my identity is protected. lol

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 11:52 AM
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Just a few months. A real "newbie" here. Very helpful site and filled a void after my fathers passing. I feel as if I've made a few friends already.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 11:55 AM
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Trying to figure out how long for me. I remember posting regarding Donald's birth and saying I had waited 9 months to post it. He will be three this weekend (can you believe it?) so I guess at least 3years + 9 months,( but I must have been posting or lurking earlier than that). I have never met any of you wonderful people any where other than through these postings( that is my loss).
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Fall of 2001, as a lurker, never posted until 2002.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 12:30 PM
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I was a serious lurker in 2000, an outlet when my dad was in a nursing home.

In 2001, I started posting and by Fall I found someone to take a cruise with and now I wonder whatever happed to Carol Dunham??? Also I miss Norm, Carol and I met him when we got off at Boston.

In 2002, I took 2 Cruise Mates cruises, met great people, was able to cruise with April and Jennifer in March and September of 2003! In 2002, I met Phyll in the Milwaukee parking garage when she literally nearly ran me over!!! :-) Remember, Phyll???

Cruise Mates is the best! I don't post all the time and sometimes I feel a little left out but realize that is because of not posting regularly not anything anyone does or says here. I'm my own enemy sometimes with my mood swings! :-)

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Can't remember the date or year, but it was around the time of the first "Get Leid" cruise. It was so fun reading all the posts that went out before and after that cruise. I've never really gotten attached to any other cruisesite beyond this one. It's the best. IMHO.

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Old August 3rd, 2005, 12:45 PM
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I think I first started posting on this board in 2001 or so. I never was a big poster but tried to answer questions when I could. I do read the board more then post on it.
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Old August 3rd, 2005, 01:25 PM
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I think it was about 3 years ago......Read about this board in the Sunday newspaper travel section on web sites for cruisers. I speak about you to Ellis like we are friends, and he knows who some of you are! ;^ )) Some times i just lurk, but thats me, other times I can't keep my mouth shut, now if I could only stay awake till you chatted at night. yawn.... I need a nap.
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