Originally Posted by Lady Antebellum
I am new to this forum, is it customary to call a newbie a dutchess? I saw someone refer to themselves as that and I'm not sure if that is a nickname or if they are for real.
No, they may have been referring to their own user name :) There are several people here that use "Duchess" as part of their user name.
However- there is a "rank" next to your name that's based on how many posts you have. (I think the first rank after "newbie" is "aristocracy")
It's all in fun and doesn't really mean anything besides an indication of how long you've been posting.