I have a thought that has been kicking around in my head for a week or so now. Over in Chris Shugart’s blog there was a thread on “The Newbie Paradox” and Arioch brought up a really interesting point.
[quote]OK maybe this is just a nit, but I don’t think using the term newb, noob or newbie helps either.
For me, it relates to something bad. I spent time in the Marines and being the newb or FNG was not a good thing. If you didn’t have rank you got the worst jobs until you proved yourself. I think some members get the same feeling here. [/quote]
I think I agree for a few reasons. First, the terms “newbie” or “noob” is just way too namby-pamby and cutesy for this site. Seriously, that’s not even a little bit hardcore, let alone dangerously so. Second, it does have a bad connotation to it whereas the people on this site who come here looking to truly learn are doing something good - making the effort to learn and do better (granted, not all who are new and come to this site fit that mold… no need to name names, we’ve seen a bunch of them).
Now, I know there is a certain mentality to T-Nation of needing to earn your stripes, which is fine. Can’t disagree with that… but still, “noob”? Come on. We have enough collective brainpower to do better than THAT.
So, anyone got any ideas to replace newbie/noob with something decidedly better?
- Return with honor.