There have been many discussions about the format for Newbie friendly rides and most of the suggestions are from the organizer's perspective, not from the new rider's persective. Lot's of guidelines and rules are thrown out there. Quite honestly I can't keep track of them, so I would imagine someone showing up for a ride for the first few times must be completely overwhelmed.
So, assume two different scenarios; (1) you decide to meet up for a group ride where you probably don't know anyone (or everyone) and (2) you meet up with an experienced rider and it's just the two of you.
What are your expectations (if any)?
Please, if you are an experienced rider, don't post, it's just going to complicate the thread. I really think input here from the "less than experienced" can help guide everyone.