I'm still technically a newbie, so take my comments with a grain of salt.
In my short time here I've developed an intense liking of the Head-Fi community. Although there may be over 10,000 registered members, few of them post regularly, and I've seen a sort of "core-group." The people here are generally friendly, helpful, and passionate about there hobby. But it really bothers me to hear people speak out against new members. Without new members this forum would stagnate and die, new members help provide a vital energy. Instead of taking this elitist "I've been here for 2 years" attitude, consider helping introduce these new members to the joys of the hi-fi world. This has been an exciting and rewarding hobby (dare I say adventure) for me, and I think it would be wrong to deprive others of that chance. For example, I have never been a fan of the stock, "that has been discussed, do a search" reply. Too often searching nets you pages and pages and pages of threads to sift through. Add to that the fact that many of these threads will not be applicable to the specific situation the poster asks about, and the occasionally dated information. It is much better to have tailored information, and is certainly a more encouraging response when someone says, "In your situation consider x, y, z. Pros and cons of x, y, z, include.." Of course, if it is something blatant, then a search may be in order.
Well, that was my rant for the night, I apologize for lack of clarity, concision, and grammer, its 3:30 am and I'm going to bed!