If someone is set upon the task of having a go at someone a probation period probably won't make much difference. The "cowshedder" incident is perhaps understandable from his perspective having just heard a horror story from his Mum. The problem seemed to be his Mum giving him rather coloured information because she was upset. As most of us thought at the the time this should have been discussed on the course and not on an open forum but the thread was closed, Woodsmoke did respond and all is now right with the world. I suspect far from damaging their reputation their public response has done much to enhance it, quite rightly. Returning to the probation period. My joining this forum was an impulse decision. I found the forum by accident and I joined and posted on the spot. I can't remember my first post but it was probably a stupid repetitive question of some sort. I'm still here but I probably would not be if I hadn't become steadily addicted after that first post. Who knows.