It's a valid forum, but it is perhaps in need of more promotion. I see a lot of posts in the Helproom that would be better placed in AB or in Networking. I'm not sure why this is - whether the subsidiary forums are going unnoticed or whether some people actually don't want to use them. I think Absolute Beginners might benefit from dropping the "Absolute" and promoting it a bit more.
Oh dear. Dare I, with some considerable temerity, risk upsetting the FE again. I think (as an AB myself) its about visibility as much as any other explanation. The "click" on Forums link takes us to the main page for all the Forums except the ABs. As a result the AB service is not so obvious to people, particularly to those who may be ABs. Having put my head above the barricades one more time I shall slink back again and say that FE said that it would be looked at (with all the other suggestions for the development of the site) in the future. The PCA site is quite unlike others I have seen in that it is extremely respectful to all comers even though at times we sometimes think it is not. To ABs though even the most welcoming of environments can be intimidating, hence my polite request fop ABs to feature with the rest on the main page.
This thread click here had an insulting and patronising reply in which the poster was directly accused of being stupid. It has now quite correctly been given the silver mouse treatment and the next reply made the same suggestion (which is the correct answer I think) but did so without resorting to insults.
Any newcomers who read that would be forgiven for being put off the idea of posting at all.