Hi all, I have felt for some time that there is a need for a new PF sticky offering advice to newbies, especially younger ones. The idea would be to prepare a carefully written sticky which tries to achieve several things: not alienate older newbies by assuming all newbies are youngsters, not alienate younger newbies by appearing overly paternalistic, gracefully suggest the importance of things some newbies (particularly young ones) might not have thought about, such as: try to use good spelling and grammar, try to be clear; in trying to formulate a question clearly, you may answer it yourself, and if not, everyone will appreciate your thoughtfulness in trying to be coherent!, if you mention a book, cite author and title if possible, if mention a website, cite url if possible (modulo the proscription on cranksite promotion), PF users span the range from high school students to sci/math Ph.D.s, so to avoid responses going over (or under!) your level, if possible give some indication of your math/sci background, don't worry about asking a "dumb question"; if you have tried to formulate your question clearly, chances are good that other people have the very same question, but it's a good idea to look over the sci.physics FAQ first to avoid asking the exact same question which twelve other people have asked this week (which might lead to a grumpy response), but it's definitely OK to request clarification of a FAQ entry if you didn't understand something you read there, unfortunately, not everyone is who they say they are on the InterNet, or has good intentions, so a few safety tips might be in order (older newbies might also consult the ACLU's thoughts about Internet privacy), if you're puzzled about which forum to post a question in, you can post it in Forum Feedback & Announcements asking a mentor to move the post to the appropriate forum, if you have a question for the PF staff which you don't want to ask in public, you can use the PM feature. if you want to learn how to to post a link or an equation, try the VB FAQ. I'd also like to suggest a new rule at PF which I think would be wise, the web being what it is. Many social networking websites such as WP now forbid or at least strongly encourage PF users, particularly minors, from posting their email addresses. See [post=1510907]Evo's response[/post] to the post which prompted me to mention this issue.