It seems a bit ironic to me that all the information we really would like all new members to see is stuck in a tiny, unobtrusive panel in the middle of the right hand side. Would it be possible to place it more prominently? What I think would be ideal would be at the top of the right hand stack, and perhaps with it's own style elements (different colors, fonts) to make it stand out a bit. Even the new joiners who choose not to post Intro threads would be able to find the Rules and culture/etiquette of the site without having to ask for directions. And we already know that half the population would rather die than ask directions! EDIT: About half the links in the Important Information panel omit the www from then URL. Clicking on those links cause the session information to be lost, resulting in "Not logged in" messages.