Why not instead of rattling off loads of do's and don't do's create a more interactive experience?
By that i mean have a thread entitled something like 'questions and answers' or 'newbie answers' etc.
Instead of just lists and lists of boring stuff that as a beginner is hard to read through, have a trusted list of members who have volunteered and gave a little bio next to their name.
Boz- plug in desinger, pianist, mix engineer,
Blah blah blah years etc.
Areas of expertise...
With a few of these as choices they can select one and ask them a direct question, this can start a thread that only certain people are able to post in unless the thread is made 'open to all' by the chosen guru?
Then state something like 'all questions here will be answered by your chosen forum member within 48 hrs'