I think that part of the very existence of this web site has to do with networking, learning tips and shit from other designers, and general aid to a community of members that share interests (also, there are people like dave that "have nothing to add to gigposters.com). So if you make yourself a doosh right off the bat, how are you helping yourself? My advice?
Shut the fuck up.
Maybe it will help you.
I'm pretty sure some people can fuck up their status on GP no matter how much they try to redeem themselves. You might as well stop talking, Paul. You're like the annoying guy trying to talk his way out of being annoying by using logic, which is just more annoying.