Great post Steve!
MAB has a HUGE amount of information already stored all over the site. The forum is only one part of the site. Search the site, and you can usually find an answer somewhere to what you are thinking about asking.
Link the article or thread you are talking about as well. Just because a thread may be old does not mean it is not still relevent. Bring old threads back to the front, to reopen the discussion. There is very little that has at some point not been discussed.
Often times it is these older threads that can be the most informative.