Poke the Newbie!
There's a tradition in the Board to welcome every newbie with a poke, which is usually given in a reply to the newcomer's first post. The tradition was started by a random newbie around 2000; he appeared in the middle of an [OT] discussion, put a sign that read "Don't poke the Newbie", and disappeared, probably never to return. Just some days later, a big flurry of newbies came to the board, causing the first poking fest ever.
" And lo, the newbie had been poked. One poke as the Goddess has decreed, one poke and the newbie is free. Unless the newbie asks for more, no more pokes from us all. " - Skane