First - I love the pinside top 100, market, pin map, and machine details. Absolutely stellar.
The forums are REALLY daunting for a newbie though. The whole megathread concept with 8,000+ posts, and 200 pages is completely impractical for someone just starting with that thread today. I tried to just randomly pick through the stern/JP thread it was full of duplicate content, and people saying "I didn't read the previous 100 pages, but here's my question". I've been using forums on the interwebs for a long time, and I understand there are often a lot of duplicate threads created, but that's typically much more manageable than these 2000 post threads.
I know I'm a newb here, and I know nobody is going to change just because I said so, but as far as I can tell there seems to be an interest in the pin community to keep manufacturers making new games, which means bringing in new people. This website is so frickin awesome for that, but the forums made me immediately seek out other alternative forums that aren't so impossible to digest.
Thanks again for all the good stuff!