As several of us have noted, many new users do not take the time to explore what's already posted on the board before throwing their question out there. The search engine is your friend, and it works really well, but it seems to be largely overlooked.
Here's an idea to put it to use: create a page of hot links to common topics, which invoke the search engine and simply returns the results. Think that would be possible (java script macro, or smth..)?
Scenario: as a newbie I drop by the forum to find info on e.g. "Ode to Pshche". I'm overwhelmed by the mass of info on the board and don't know where to start. But then I navigate to a "quick search" page and find the link Ode to Psyche
. Clinking the link invokes the search engine and returns the results for this string as per usual - and I'm happy
What say ye? Such a page of links to commonly discussed topics would be most useful to people wanting information fast - so fast that they fail to take note the search feature. Such a page would include hot links to e.g. Grecian Urn, Nightingale, When I Have Fears, This Living Hand, etc etc...