Most questions asked by newcomers to BDSM tend to be mainly in the same vein, so as has been mentioned by some members in the past, I think it's about time we made an advice thread for BDSM newbies to read before they make any posts. I am going to leave this thread open for others to add their own tips and advice (Sebastian, maybe you'd like to put a fully detailed version of your '4 aspects of BDSM' here, save needing to repeat yourself to different individuals). This thread is for basic advice, common sense etc., for those who are just starting out in the world of BDSM. People who may not have read up on the subject, or who need ther fears allaying, and so on. I am going to make this a sticky, for people to add to as they see fit.