The "novice" refers to a ranking system for the community that is based on your interactions in the community. Every new member starts out as a novice, and then as you post questions or answer other people's questions and give kudos your rank rises. That can be confusing to new members, but I can assure you we all understand that any participant may have a professional background or a great amount of experience, and we will all value your input as a member. And, with just a few comments and posts you will see your "rank" rise quickly.
Thanks for your post, and welcome to the community!
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