A friend of a friend of a friend of mine once said that a sangha is like a rock tumbler. You throw a group of people together and by nature of friction they begin to polish each other.

Now some of us have been around this place for a while and some new stones are being thrown in.
Of course they have not been in this rock-tumbler before so some of us who thought we were getting polished might get scratched.
Pleas be patient and don't get out of the tumbler. You will end up not having that scratch polished away. Stick around, those that may have scratched you will also polish you. Unless they are pumice. Pumice just dose not polish well, but it is fragile and will grind to dust under the friction of all the other stones.

Please honor the sangha, and remember the one rule: be kind to each other.