So "they", the know everythings, got together and decided that a newb section was not required? Bit like politicians with a degree in politics and having no knowledge (or have forgotten) of the real world, deciding what is best for "us".
Sure, the powers that be can organize "their" forum anyway they like, smacks a bit of a posh golf club tho'. I frequent other forums and have suggested SoS on occaision but not now to the absolute newb.
However they wriggle on this one I shall always be of the opinion that SoS finds the concept of a newbie section beneath their dignity. I shall stop now lest I, unlike the ever forbearing Chris, say something impolite.