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jargon /n[y]oo'bee/ (Originally from British public-school
and military slang variant of "new boy") An inexperienced user
of Usenet or other system.
This term surfaced in the newsgroup news:talk.bizarre but
is now in wide use. Criteria for being considered a newbie
vary wildly; a person can be called a newbie in one newsgroup
while remaining a respected regular in another. The label
"newbie" is sometimes applied as a serious insult to a person
who has been around Usenet for a long time but who carefully
hides all evidence of having a clue.