I've threatened to do it repeatedly, and it's time to get off my cloaca. I've started this post to solicit your suggestions, hints, and tips for new birders.  This post will NOT be the final product.  I'll edit your suggestions into a new post, similar to the way we created the "How to Start a New ID Request" post over on the 'NA ID' page.  With any luck, Her Most Royal Highness @Aveschapineswill see fit to pin it up for newbies. Try to keep your suggestions basic enough for beginners.