Please add a post below on this thread to INTRODUCE yourself to the other members here.
Glad you chose to join our friendly and sharing and VERY knowledgeable Community.
We have some very well known and highly respected dealers AND leading collectors among our fast growing group, of over 22,000 members, from over 160 different countries, and WHATEVER your interests or questions, someone will be able to assist.
To start with myself, as the board founder and owner, I am one of Sydney's largest stamp dealers, and have the largest stamp website in the Southern Hemisphere - with well over 300 sub-pages, and about 10 million visitors:
I write extensively on stamps, and my pieces are published regularly in "Linn's Stamp News" in the USA, "Stamp News Australia", "The Philatelic Exporter" in the UK, etc - and a 35 year detailed library of them is here:
I am one of the largest posters ever (with over 30,000 posts) on a travel board I visit a lot, and could see no reason why a stamp collecting board would not also get a decent amount of interest if a few folks starting using it, and if usage crept up.
That board started with just one member and is now approaching 350,000 registered users. I was an early member there (June 2000) and have seen it grow and grow and grow.
We started here from one post and one member on April 1, 2007 - and by June, 2020, had over 6.5 MILLION posts and a fast growing member list from all corners of the globe - 160 different countries - and around 22,000 members who have started way over 85,000 topics. We get MILLIONS of hits a month, mostly from google links to here for things they search for.
You need to select AFTER you register, a personal Avatar - or picture to go under your handle as all others have done below as you can see around you. Or the "Avatar Fairy" might do one if you ask her nicely.
You do that by going to your "Profile" - details of how to load one is here:
In the meantime anyone STAMP MINDED who does stumble across this site please make yourself known if you'd like to, and start any STAMP related threads you want in the many other Forums.
Whether buying or selling or trading - or just promoting your Stamp Club in the FREE forum set aside for that.
And please add your intro to this thread here. Just click "REPLY" and start typing.
But do not start any separate newbie threads in THIS forum please, or we will have 500 "Hi There!" threads with just 1 or 2 posts! [/size][/color]
As you can see each poster below has in general a different colour ebay type "Star" under their user handle denoting their posting level here. The more you post, the higher the star level you earn.
No-one wants to be stuck on a Yellow Star single post "Total Newbie" level denoting just one post, so please wander around and add a few posts and your Star Level will automatically advance.
The perfect thread to try your posting skill out on is this one - THE most popular forum around here by a LONG way:
You need know NOTHING about stamps to join in that one! 8)
And as you can see below, stamp photos and your personal photo avatars can be loaded onto here readily - and quickly. In any thread - full info on how to do that, and many other answers to new member questions are in Brummie's helpful thread here -
Remember you are ANONYMOUS on this board if you wish to be. No-one can see or harvest your email address. You communicate privately between members initially if you need to, by using the board software and "email" icon.
And you can load your own personal photos, or see family photos of many of those posting around you here. There are many 100s of these here - we are truly a friendly little internet Community here:
THIS one thread alone is way over 205000 messages or posts long - see that long string of little blue page numbers lower right of page you can click on! And has had over a million page views.
Finally for ALL new members - you and all others agreed to abide by "The Rules" when signing up here - please read them over below, and they will explain much of what happens on this board:
And for those of you from less well known countries, PLEASE make a post to our thread -
We have members from about 160 countries already covered.