With the announcement of Portal 2, I have noticed there's a huge influx of people joining our - well, to be honest - weird and not very friendly forum. Due to the lack of "BIG NEWS" by valve for three years on things half-life (I don't count l4d), very few new people have joined, and we have been mostly hanging around the Off-Topic. Newcomers who don't understand our ways will quickly feel awkward, what with Willy and others acting mostly as though they have been here for years. I think we need some sort of Welcoming Center section to the forums [again?]. This year, THIS YEAR, we are going to see Portal 2, the engineer update (maybe) and probably an announcement of Ep3 along with a little somethin' somethin' from valve relating to half life. Unlike in the past two years, we haven't had much need for a welcoming place. The newcomers that could "pass the test of awkwardness" stayed and those who don't probably left. I just think we need some sort of thread where newcomers can feel safe, while also expaining the ways of some of the old-timers. Especially you willeh.