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    You have to be registered for 2 weeks and have like 20 posts under your belt before you can use the Shoutbox tho
    It's not supposed to be cheap or easy. It's an ordeal.

    But if you're not here to make a light saber the hard way, just follow this guide and stay out of the way.

    If you're lost, here's a directory of all the most pertinent threads - it'll save sorting through the rubbish, thank the mods for braving it for us.

    If you have a question, there's a solid chance it's answered here. Not too much to ask you to check ONE page for your question before posting, is it?

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    Then I would suggest new members spend those two weeks, reading like they've never read in their life,
    and those twenty posts, becoming familiar with the category structure and making friends.
    It's a lot easier to help and forgive someone you like.

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    Yes, and the restriction keeps the spambots out, but it also keeps the n00bs out. Therefore it doesn't do much good to advise n00bs to visit the Shoutbox instead of making threads; they have no other choice for the first 2 weeks and 20 posts.
    It's not supposed to be cheap or easy. It's an ordeal.

    But if you're not here to make a light saber the hard way, just follow this guide and stay out of the way.

    If you're lost, here's a directory of all the most pertinent threads - it'll save sorting through the rubbish, thank the mods for braving it for us.

    If you have a question, there's a solid chance it's answered here. Not too much to ask you to check ONE page for your question before posting, is it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skottsaber View Post
    Another thing.
    And one I personally use:
    Make a new folder in "My Pictures" or whatever, and put any lightsaber related images in there. Mine started back in 2008 as I copied images of Randomsabers I liked. Now it has everything from Renders to Soundboard wiring diagrams.
    My folder I use to store lightsaber photos is up to 1.5 GB and growing. Then there's the costuming folder, the wiring diagram folder, and the sound folder, and the...


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    LOL, I'm at 3 gigs right now on my saber file. And I have a binder full of everything useful that I keep in the workshop. There are a TON of useful diagrams on the boards
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tyhm View Post
    Yes, and the restriction keeps the spambots out, but it also keeps the n00bs out. Therefore it doesn't do much good to advise n00bs to visit the Shoutbox instead of making threads; they have no other choice for the first 2 weeks and 20 posts.
    It does good to advise the noobs to READ for those two weeks. Really, two weeks is NOTHING to spend learning before diving in. I was a board lurker for a YEAR before I even joined and made my first post. I still have LESS posts than some "N00bs" here, cause I keep my mouth shut most of the time and still do more reading than posting. When I first started, I did a lot of reading, note taking and googling during that year. No one expects a noob to bust out a perfect saber on the first post (though, quite frankly it is possible and has been done) but damn it, we do expect them to freakin' READ and get familiar with at least the basics before inundating the forum with threads and posts on "what is a blade holder for" and "do I need a buckpuck with my Ultrasound board that I'm going to wire in series with my Crystal Focus when I order it tomorrow".

    This is an expensive and time intensive hobby. If you don't have the patience to learn how to do it yourself, then you need to resign yourself to the fact that you are just going to have to buy what you want from a smith and suck it up. If you REALLY want to do it yourself, all the answers, ALL OF THEM are here waiting to enter your brain. But kids, this isn't the matrix, there is no easy downloading the info direct to your brain. You have to search and read and get the fundamentals down and then actually go TRY something. My first saber was a PVC stunt that I lathed while practicing on the machines then wired it up. I was so happy, and it made me want to read and learn some more. Within two days I had my first MHS saber bult with sound and a sanded blade. Was it perfect? No. But it worked and by the gods it was awesome to hear and see it fire up the first time

    Nothing in this hobby will mean ANYTHING if you don't learn and accomplish it on your own. The noobs who whine about not being able to learn anything, are nothing more than the product of the "Instant Gratification" generation, and always have their hand out wanting a spoon. I could go on for days on this subject, but it would do nothing to help anyone except me de-stress. If you really want the best that this intricate and very rewarding hobby has to offer, then do yourself a favor and take the advice of the OP and others in this thread and read, read, read save pics and diagrams and tut's in a folder, then read and search for more cool stuff. I learned the most by reading on others really cool builds and then saving their pics and diagrams like the other "Olde Guarde" members in this thread.
    Last edited by FenderBender; 05-16-2010 at 07:51 AM.

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    That's nice.
    It's not supposed to be cheap or easy. It's an ordeal.

    But if you're not here to make a light saber the hard way, just follow this guide and stay out of the way.

    If you're lost, here's a directory of all the most pertinent threads - it'll save sorting through the rubbish, thank the mods for braving it for us.

    If you have a question, there's a solid chance it's answered here. Not too much to ask you to check ONE page for your question before posting, is it?

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    I agree 100%...this is definitely the best advice that anyone can give on this site...if you read enough and do your homework, you will find the answers to what you are looking for, usually without having to ask. I didn't take as much time to read articles in here as some people have (months), but I still read dozens of threads before I joined, and then read dozens more before I actually ordered my saber parts. By researching, using the wonderful "search" function, and ESPECIALLY reading the tutorials, I was able to find out pretty much everything I needed to know to build a basic saber, and more reading will allow me to make more complex sabers in the future.

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    YAY fender Everything said is exactly right.

    my story is so close to fenders. I found this site. started reading, For over a year!. got an idea. read for 6 more months, looked at every wiring diagram i could find. then without having asked a single question (because i found every answer i ever needed in the forums) I created an account and posted my first saber.

    We say these things not to be mean or talk down to anyone, its just trying to get people to understand that we MEAN IT when it is said that the answer to every tiny little question and major ones is here someone in the threads. you just have to put the time and effort into looking for it. and yes at times you will be frustrated when it takes forever to dig it out of the archives, but its worth it in the end. happy hunting to all !

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