i'm not entirely sure (but pretty sure) that when relax was an uppity noob, he just posted as if he was old guard already. doing so caused him to immediately be treated as old guard.
there's a forum dynamics lesson there: want to be "old guard"? lurk awhile, figure out how to post, then immediately post as if you were always there. i went from anonymous uppity poster to old guard pretty much immediately myself.
(or, of course, you could not care about forum dynamics and post however you want--which is actually what i do/did. however, it's very clear if you watch how noob/old guard interaction works on gaming and other sites that new people pretending to be have been around forever generally works as long as their posts don't contain stupidity that betrays their noobishness. it's best not to test it--no referring to yourself as old guard, or questioning the credibility of actual old guard--but after even a month of quiet "i've been here forever" posting you'll probably be able to test it. join date can always make a big difference when testing it as well. it's probably a good idea to have some strategies for dealing with the backlash; e.g. "my arguments are valid, even if i joined 3 months ago! look at this logic: [A B C]" is NOT a good strategy. don't refer directly to join date.)
now i'll pop back into the shadows of the internet.
nk i wish to be the red comet.