I am creating a new section to my site for people new to computers and the web. I'm not to sure what to call it.
BEGINNERS or NEWBIES
What do you prefer..
Most newbies will probably prefer a non judgemental label such as 'Start Here', or 'New users' or 'The story so far..' or similar...
First Time User could also be a good idea.
I don't think either one sounds necessarily bad, it all depends on the context. If you're calling someone a newbie to their face, then yeah it seems a bit confrontation and cocky. But if you're just labeling a section on the forums, then I don't think it makes that much of a difference. I don't think anyone actually looks at that and thinks about it for a moment, "Hmm... do I really want to go into that forum? Am I really a newbie?"
Nah, probably not. They would just think oh this is for basic stuff, not necessarily only for people who are stupid or ignorant. So, do whatever you want to do, is basically what I'ms aying. Nobody really thinks about those things too much,
Neither, sorry. I am with bikerman on this one even though some "beginners" may not even understand the term "newbie".
I think I would prefer "Beginners" because Newbies refers to more of a gaming lingo and that. Beginner sounds like they actually know something about what is going on, unlike newbies.
It is a hard decision. I want to have a beginner section on my site. I feel NEW USER is more positive then BEGINNERS.
I think it all depends on your audience.
Depends on what you want your site to be.
If you want it informal, newbies might be better.
I vote for newbie .. because it says what it means .. you are new to the forum .. a beginner sounds pejorative
Sounds like an excellent choice to me and for me I would be happy with new user.
I believe that new user is a good term but it really depends on the context of the site. I am not sure why but new user has a better connotation than beginner.
New user or beginner will be good.
Looks like I'm a little late to help the OP, but for reference anyway:
'Beginners' carries the risk that people will feel slotted into a category, or that getting to 'advanced' knowledge in computers is too far beyond their reach.
'Newbies' has always been a cheery, welcoming term to me; your target audience might not know what it means, but on the other hand might feel more included or excited by the new terminology.
'New users' is generic, but functional and ultimately your safest bet.
I like BEGINNERS.
You can call it newabc .
I am going to have a beginners section. But it will be under New Users. Deeper in my website. New Users will get a top level tab. Its doesn't matter too much as the finished interface will be adaptive depending on the users skill level. But thats a long way off.
I agree with New User. I don't know what your site is about but just because someone is new to the site doesn't mean they're new to the subject matter. So both Beginners and Newbies could potentially be demeaning.
New User works great as it doesn't even really make them feel like they don't know much but that they should read it since they are new to the site.
Beginners will be a good choice.
I actually say noobs, so I would say NEWBIES.