I find it extraordinary that after 16 years or so we are taking about installers.
There are two types of newbies here: New to FreeBASIC and new to programming; new to FreeBASIC. The former will probably need all the help they can get. How much help does the latter need? Of the former how many of them have come here in the last few years? Of the latter their current expertise would be welcome.
This may seem an outrageous question but does the forum need an influx of those new to FreeBASIC and new to programming? The forum currently has 9,132 members. How many does it need? The PowerBASIC forum has an interesting statistic: Active members. The PowerBASIC forum is 'busier' than the FreeBASIC forum with 177 active members from a total membership of 3,567. When I came here PowerBASIC's active membership was greater than 250. I couldn't even hazard a guess at what the active membership is here, perhaps less than 177.
What I find interesting, for the want of a better word, is that only 310 members have posted 100 or more times since FreeBASIC's inception 16 years ago. Only 99 have posted more than 500 times and only 57 have posted more than 1000 times.
Of the top 25 posters 12 joined in 2005, 3 joined in 2009, 4 joined in 2006, 2 in 2007, one in each of 2008, 2013, 2015, and 2017. That guy in 2017 is me, currently ranked at 19th.
So, there has not been a strong participation from members. There are some exceptions with seven members posting more than 5,000 times topped by fxm's outstanding 10,036, D.J.Peters 8,203, and dodicat's 6,756.
You will have gathered that I do not regard the title of this thread as particularly important. To my mind a more important question is: "What do current users need?" As Spock said “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few” although that logic has been questioned, but Spock was not 100% Vulcan.