Hello Nick and welcome. I too am a new member and introduced myself on here and received no welcome from anyone. I am also on the Honda NC Forum which is predominately UK based and where they are a very helpful, knowledgeable and welcoming group.
I am sure people on here don't intend to be non welcoming, so let's change that. Welcome along.
It is good to have more interaction with people outside your own country. I just note that very few people put their location on their profile. For me it would help to understand perspectives and put people in context. I may be wrong and I hope I am, however it seems that people join this Forum to suit their needs rather that considering contributing towards others' needs. Lets change that.