Good point, JBrunner: "Sometimes a newb doesn't really know how to phrase the search, sometimes a search doesn't turn up the good thread or the exact answer, sometimes people just want fresh new info, and yes, sometimes they just don't search."
But what about this: as we 'experienced' know that sometimes the seemingly trivial can be annoying (but such 'annoyance' is duly mitigated by the FACT that they are fresh blood!) why not have a special 'catch-all' forum just for new comers? That way they would not feel so intimidated (like overweight people entering a gym for the first time) and said forum would be a central focus dedicated to their 'unlearned' concerns.
We should be in the business of such encouragement. - David Lyga