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Introduce Yourself!

Okay, we've had a lot of newbies enter the LFTO thread. While you all may have good intentions, if you don't know what we're talking about (or what you're talking about), then posting something could get you flamed. My thread decay theorem (named after topic creator Shabobble) outlines why this happens and what we can do to combat it. Thus, I've set up a journal to introduce new members to this thread.

New Site Members: If you're new to the Red vs. Blue forums, go to the First Stop forums first. They'll tell you all the basics of how the site works.

About LFTO:
Our humble community started as a list of questions posted by Shabobble. Over time, it has evolved into a catch-all plot hole analysis group for Red vs. Blue. In it, we discuss the ins and outs of how Project Freelancer works, character motivations, the nature of AIs, etc. As long as you have a little proof to back up your claims, no theory is too ridiculous for us.

Our community has also expanded into other projects, including podcasting (the LFTO Shizno and Grifball (team name TBA). The group forum also has an active Riddle Thread.

Because this is an analysis group, anything related to it will contain massive spoilers for the Blood Gulch Chronicles and the Recollection trilogy. If you haven't seen either, then what are you doing here? Go to the archives and at least finish watching the latest season, then come back. We're not going anywhere.

Thread Guidelines:
Personally, I think the idea of thread "rules" is restricting, but it's a good idea to follow these guidelines, especially if you're new to the thread.
1) This is a theory group. Don't claim something's a fact unless it is, and make sure you know what you're talking about. Use the index to help with that.
2) We are a team. No one person has the answer, so expect some constructive criticism.
3) Don't bring up old topics unless you have something new to add. This especially applies to stuff from the first page - the quickest way to get flamed is to bring up the "Tex is Nevada" debate. Use the links in the index to check what's already been discussed.
4) The burden of proof is on the person who proposes the new idea. While we accept (and even encourage) off-the-wall ideas, if you can't give a good reason for them, then it probably isn't worth noting.
5) Flaming is lame. This thread nearly fell apart several times because two people tried to settle their differences by yelling at each other. Be tolerant of others' ideas, and try to explain why somebody sucks instead of simply saying that they suck.
6) Don't force the discussion. We admit it: sometimes we can't think of anything to figure out and go off-topic. When that happens, you can either go with the flow or suggest a new topic to discuss and take apart. Don't simply yell at us and say "Stop being off-topic!" Some people already tried that, and we're tired of that shtick.
7) Have fun! None of us are here to write our graduate thesis. Let loose, and don't expect everyone to be serious 100% of the time.

Using the Index:
The link index is a general resource for both regulars and newcomers. If you've forgotten a detail about Season 1, or want to find a specific quote, you can use the links provided to do so. If you're new to the group and have an idea you want to post, you should look through the "Confirmed/Debunked Theories" and the Theory Resource lists before you do - someone may have posted it before.

If any of you have the clever idea of using this journal to introduce a friend or loved one to Red vs. Blue, or to catch yourself up on the internet phenomenon so you can sound cool in front of your friends, you're missing the point. By skipping the videos, you're skipping hundreds of funny or awesome moments that should be experienced first hand. Go to the archives, meet the characters, and figure out why this series is so popular in the first place.

Note that we don't include Halo resources in the index. While Red vs. Blue draws from Halo's backstory, its narrative is still meant to stand on its own. A healthy knowledge of Halo lore may help put things into a greater context, but it is not required reading.

Resource Link Index - This is where all the good stuff is.

Color Coding: In this thread and group, green means sarcasm, and character quotes are usually done with their character's color (bow chicka bow wow). While this system is useful, try not to abuse it. It gets annoying after a while.
First Post!: In the main thread, if you get the first post of a new page, you should post a link to this journal. That way, other newcomers can find their way to this guide. Copy this stuff below or use the LFTO Link Script (see Index) to make it easy.
[link=/members/journal/entry.php?id=2174766]Newcomers, read this first.[/link]
Then, [link=/groups/profile.php?id=55]go join our group.[/link]
Phew. Now that we got that out of the way, feel free to join the discussion. Seriously, if you cared enough to read this journal, you'll do fine.
6 years ago  |  Comments (29)  |  + 34 Cool
Tagged lfto, rules and first
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Thanks for the effort! I'm a research wonk and it's great to have a 'Search Desk'! My hats off to ya!!
#1  Posted 6 years ago  |  + 2 Ditto
yeah once this weekend is over ill have more time to do a theory...im letting ppl choose first
#2  Posted 6 years ago
The link to my Tex journal isn't working for some reason. I was just checking it to see if I needed to change any facts, but Chapter 14 didn't seem to change things much.
#3  Posted 6 years ago
In reply to Patawan, #3:

It's working now. I apparently added the "rvb." without removing the "www.". Shame on me, one for being so picky about banners, and two for not noticing the issue beforehand.
#4  Posted 6 years ago
Oroboros Sponsor
Hey dude,

Nice set of links. The response to the Epsilon Theory post I wrote got unprecedented attention. I've done a journal post of some of my "Least Lame" posts in various threads from 1 to 2 months ago... maybe you'd like to read a few of those :)

Thanks for the resource.
#5  Posted 6 years ago
Rockin' man.
#6  Posted 6 years ago
My Theory, i'm not sure if you want to include it in your journal that's up to you but whatever. Nice directory.
#7  Posted 6 years ago
has anyone posited the theory that everyone in blood gulch (except for grif, IMHO) is an AI, prolly along with the denizens of battle creek, who seem to be duplicate personalities anyhow.
#8  Posted 6 years ago
Got a theory posted in my journal: There's A Snitch In Blood Gulch

Post edited 10/03/08 6:23PM
#9  Posted 6 years ago
Time Travel Theory for your consideration
#10  Posted 6 years ago
13islucky Sponsor
green underlined it BOW CHICKA BOW WOW
#11  Posted 6 years ago
Shmef Sponsor
The green underline was proposed by myself through various journal comments between 13islucky and I. The Blue is for innuendo. Just thought I'd throw in my two cents. Good work, thanks for all the details!
#12  Posted 6 years ago
Think we should add a note where Burnie posted in the thread? I had someone ask and just found the page: rvb.roosterteeth.com/forum/viewTopic.php?id=2214518&page=194. page 194, posts 5808 and 5813 incase you want to update journal
#13  Posted 6 years ago  |  + 1 Cool
I wanted to add this journal. No idea what to call it though. "Analysis of Director's Epilogue", or something.

This journal should be cleaned up a bit. You could remove my old journal about Tex, that doesn't seem relevant anymore.

Post edited 10/31/08 12:03AM
#14  Posted 6 years ago
yay I finally have my theory up there! thanks man
#15  Posted 6 years ago
MissZahrah Lokid
I can haz added to theory page?

Alpha: Reconstructed
#16  Posted 6 years ago
Damn, this is a shit-load of material to go over. I've done enough pissing off on this site, though, so I guess I'll do it.


Post edited 11/06/08 11:47AM
#17  Posted 6 years ago  |  + 3 Cool
raevynskyye Sponsor
i have a theory if you want to take a gander and/or add it to the list
#18  Posted 6 years ago
AmariT Deleted
It's official. Every theory I've ever come up with has already been suggested by someone else.

Thanks for doing this. As a newbie sponsor, I now feel much more confident diving into the forums.
#19  Posted 6 years ago  |  + 2 Cool
Excellent restructuring of the post, Rec!
#20  Posted 6 years ago  |  + 1 Ditto
Way to earn your name Recreator.

Now I have to go find something else of yours to randomly mod since I've already moded this journal before you made it all extra sexy.

#21  Posted 6 years ago  |  + 2 Funny
Larcher Sponsor
I must say this was very well planned out journal to help people out. Very nice sir.
#22  Posted 5 years ago  |  + 1 Cool
KWierso Sponsor
Maybe add this page's contents to the journal for future reference?
#23  Posted 5 years ago
In reply to KWierso, #23:

Yikes. That looks like it's mostly just transcripts. Leafshinobi takes care of that if Roostertooths drops the ball.
#24  Posted 5 years ago
If green means sarcasm.
How do we know you werent being sarcastic
#25  Posted 5 years ago
This seems like a pretty legit operation. Thank you for your time and effort.
#26  Posted 5 years ago  |  + 1 Cool
Don't know if this has been adressed before, but the main page says the group started out as a sponsor only group. Does that mean it's no longer sponsor only? If so, I will withdraw my membership, post haste.
#27  Posted 4 years ago
I meant "if not".
#28  Posted 4 years ago
In reply to XtheMonsterX, #27:

By "group", I meant the community of LFTO that posted in the main thread. When we created the actual Group, LFTO ceased to be Sponsors only. While the main thread is still Sponsors only, group membership is open to all.

So don't worry about it. Even if you don't have a shiny star next to your user name, you're still welcome (and even encouraged) to participate in our group discussions.
#29  Posted 4 years ago
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