When I stumbled on this place I spent a good two weeks just reading the Stickys. There is a lot of great info there. I'm glad that I took the time to read them. Though I have to be honest, there were a few I didn't make to the end of because they were so long. And now that I've got a better understanding of phrases and terms, I'll eventually go back and read them all.
Reading the Stickies is the best place to start, because for a noob, the search function can be very frustrating. You can not search for words that are less than four letters. So its hard to find the thread that you know you read somewhere in the stickies or was it a link from the sticky that talks about a set up for a ENO hammock, because you can't. And with the prolific use of abbreviations and initials through out the forum, searches aren't as fruitful as they could be.
The flip side of that is of course getting hundreds of hits because it is such a commonly used word or term.
Start with the Stickies.