AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!ODFFA, Tad , amd Lovelylady78 were pretty spot-on. I would also like to add a few observations I have on this particular board.
1. This board is predominately populated by guys and as such the energy tends to run more towards the masculine side. Even quite a few of the women regulars seem to have a fair bit of that masculine energy as well. That means that instead of hand-holding and kumbaya you get more ball-busting and sarcasm. That is, generally speaking, the male equivalent to a great big hug and a pat on the back saying, "chin up fella!" The more liked you are, the more ball busting you're gonna get at times. If you need a more "Oprah" or "Ellen" experience, the lounge would be a good board for you.
2. While fat is a big part of how most of us wound up here, it is less important on this sub-forum than on any other. If you are more into the fetish-y aspects of this, then this probably isn't a board you want to spend much time in. Do not expect to post up some glorious belly shots with no other content and expect every lady to on the board to swoon and go giddy at the magnificence that is your headless gut picture. That type of behavior is not very well received here.
If the fetish angle is what you're after, try the fa/ffa,fat sexuality, and the weight board forums. If fat activism is your bag, then the main board would be a good spot for you to hang out in.
3. Things can get debated on this board. People can have differing opinions and discuss their points of view on a subject without devolving into the lovely, "you're a doody-head, no you're a doody-head," type of exchanges. But, if you are the type that cannot handle someone else having a different opinion from yours, then piss off! It does not make someone mean or evil or even necessarily wrong if they have a different take on a subject than yours. Also, remember, that as passionately as you feel about your opinion, they feel equally as passionate about theirs. If you can't handle being questioned and debated about your opinion, or being told that someone thinks you're wrong and here is why, then you definitely will not like it here.
4. Finally, the ones that aggravate me personally the most. If you are one of these ho-hum, woe is me, Snuffleupagus types. You most certainly will not like it here.
If you're the guy that is oh so sensitive and fragile because everyone picked on you and bullied you and harassed you in general, even your family members, and now you can't do anything for yourself or on your own. Do you really think you are the only one here with a story? Are you the only guy here that had it rough? If sympathy is what you're looking for, then to quote from a long-ago book I read, "Sympathy can be found in the dictionary somewhere in between Shit and Syphilis."
Most of the guys on this board likely grew up tormented by those around them, parents, siblings, class mates. Everyone was bullied at some point. The difference is that most of the regulars here figured out how to stand up for themselves and respect themselves and command respect from others. Either by wits, or fists or both. In some cases moving out and going it alone. If you are over the age of majority, then there is no excuse for you to stay anywhere you are not given basic respect.
In this world you get the respect you command. Now I don't mean like some bad WWE cartoon-ish type villain. You command respect from others by living your life with honor, integrity, and dignity. You respect others and in turn you never accept any from of disrespect from anyone. If that means cutting people out of your life until they realize you will not be treated poorly by them, then so be it. As an adult, you are only treated the way you allow yourself to be treated, and just because you share old memories, or even DNA in the case of family, does not mean they get a free pass to treat you like dirt. Reach down deep and grab a hold of your marble bag and give those two li'l stones a good hard squeeze, almost to the point where they just start to hurt a little bit. Feel that pain? Good, that means you still have a pair, now go and fucking put them to use.
In closing, if these pertain to you, now you have an idea of how things happen around here. It's up to you if you want to ride out the getting-to-know-you period and have a good time here on this particular board or not. If you have the wherewithal to stick it out and become a regular poster, great! If not, well then, that is your loss.
(By the way.. thanks for the visuale of grabbing "marbles"..lol)