if i see one more thread called "help", "I was thinking" in any other froum than off topic I will go :evil: on the perp
Other forums that I frequent have a sticky in every subforum explaining what the subforum is about and how to post an opening thread (clear topic title, a bit of punctuation, ...). Maybe that'll ease your eyes.
A bus station is where a bus stops.
A train station is where a train stops.
On my desk I have a workstation.
dibblethewrecker you are the forum adviser, your work is to guide the users.
... a sticky in every subforum explaining what the subforum is about and how to post...
This is a good idea for many but all will not bother to read when seeing huge number of existing threads. The how-to has to "pop-up" front of their face. How about making a new category at the top of Forums with a forum something like: "IMPORTANT INFORMATION - how to post".
In a programming forum we became crazy of all those people not using code tags, so we added a very hard to miss request to use them, written in very big bold full caps chars in front of their nose when they post a new message. Even then people "forgot" to use them, though less frequently than usual. So just a sticky probably won't do it, though it may help somewhat. What about giving them the info when they sign up?