I also think this thread needs to become one of the holy "Read first threads".
I think it has more than earned a spot.
Just my opinion.
linked in this "Read First" thread:
"How To" and "Infomation" Links (updated 02/14/07)
It's about time I updated that thread isn't it...
The goal isn't to have tons of "stickies" at the top of each forum.
The more you have, the more people tend to ignore them.
If you remind me (send a PM) I'll see if I can get a suggestion thread going for what to add/update to the current How To and Information thread.