Hey Epi, great post.
I have been watching it build and what you are doing as people give you some really good feedback.
I think it will help a lot of new players to get started.
A couple of points I wouldlike to add.
I noticed there talk about not just saying Hi when you approach someone.
For me anyway, I answer as many pms as I can, even if it just to say sorry i am busy right now, try me again later, it doesn't really matter what they say in thier 1st line.
But what I will add there is I think people need to think more about what they will say after they say Hi.
To many say hello then find it hard to continue the conversation and we have to generate it.
So I say look at things like the persons profile, notice what they said in local chat and such and think of something you can talk about before saying hello.
It not only makes it easier for the person you are trying to meet, it also gives a better impression.
The other is about when choosing the gender of your avi.
I think another point that needs to be made there is if they do choose to use a gender other than thier own, often it leads to another problem that i don't think has been mentioned yet.
If they play a different gender for a decent length of time and build up a good friends list and group of people they hang with.
Then they decide they want to for what ever reason start to play as thier real gender, then they either have the problem of just about starting again or trying to let everyone know they have been playing as a different gender.
Now I know it may seem to not be that big a problem, but I have known quite a few people that have had to go through it, and 2 people that are trying to sort that out right now.
It can be quite a big deal and take a lot of time and effort, loosing some of their friends as they do.
Not sure if this is the kind of feedback you are looking for but thought I would add it in just in case.
Anyway keep it up Epi, great job