Stop reading/replying to threads that annoy you, simple as that. I have been visiting this forum pretty much daily for 3 years, and I feel like there has always been a good amount of dumb ass "1st cycle" and "PH question" threads being posted. I have certainly not noticed a sudden influx of these annoying posts lately. They've always been here, and they are easy to ignore. If you dont reply and bump them then they get relegated to Page 2 & 3 within a day or so. Then the interesting, trending topics stay to the top. Instead of the rest of this bullshit.
If newbies obviously aren't reading the existing thread on this exact topic then what makes you think they will read this one. And why would we want to put in the effort to get this one stickied? All this post did was push the interesting and entertaining stuff one spot closer to the bottom of the page.
I agree with pictures being mandatory, but that is neither here, nor there. My point is duplicate content = useless nonsense, and is exactly what you guys are complaining about with all of these 1st Timer threads being started.
See... now you've got me posting in, and thus bumping, a thread that I find annoying. Which is what I'm telling you not to do... I see how you get sucked into this vortex of engaging in stupid threads. I digress.