Anatomy of a Great Cache Hide, Starting out as a "newbie" . . . aka "The Mistakes I First Made", and Ammo Box Camouflage articles. You and anyone else are encouraged to create other helpful articles. Hopefully soon the articles section will be a bit easier to navigate. I'd love to see this site develop into more of a resource site with forums as opposed to mostly forums.
Back when I started caching is was suggested you find 10 or 15 caches before placing any! I used to agree with this idea as well, but now I realize some people could place a quality cache without ever finding any and others could find 5000 caches and still not follow basic 'common sense' ideas like using a container fit for the location or getting permission when it should be. All we can do is hope to educate as many as we can that need it before they hide a cache whether it's on their first day or 200th. I think a time restriction would be nice, however. Waiting 6 months or maybe as much as a year before you could hide a cache might not make a difference in the quality of that cache, but it might help insure the placer is going to stick with the game.