Concerning the above: It's all good advice, and many thanks. But my intention in starting this thread was to suggest a sticky thread at the top of the forum, with a compendium of the advice that is liberally available in the numerous "how do I learn CW" threads. When I first started learning CW last year, I never felt the need to start a "How do I...." thread because there was already so much available in this place and in the books and software that I purchased/downloaded. Yet, almost weekly, someone starts yet another thread on the topic and gets the same (good) advice all over again. So, experience shows that the scattershot information is often not seen (or searched for): people start yet another new and duplicative thread instead.
I have seen some fellow hams react by saying: "These people are lazy and should do some research before posting the question." On my more curmugeonly
days, I tend to agree with that. But the posters all seem well-intentioned and eager to learn, so it seems a little self-defeating (for the hobby) to express such criticism. After all, many of them are newbies and over time they presumably will acquire at least some of the research skills when they become familiar witch how eHam and other forums work. It also must be said that both here and on QRZ, the search tools leave something to be desired. So it may be that people *are* trying to find stuff before posting questions, but are being let down by limitations in the search tools. The alternative is to scroll through weeks and weeks of posts until you find what you're looking for -- and some people don't have the patience for that.
An example of good "sticky threads" can be seen over on QRZ. If you visit their Technical Forums => Boat Anchors you will see four sticky threads at the top of the forum, including, for instance, "Restoring Your Vintage Radios." Some of the advantages of this format are:
--It saves a lot of time for newbies (find info quickly) and OTs (fewer duplicative posts to read, less of the duplicative Elmering to do).
--Because the advice has been distilled and refined, it is often structured better than a rambling thread that answers one question.
--It is all in one place, if the subject is multi-facet.
--Factually inaccurate statements are more likely to have been edited out.
To reiterate: thank you for the advice and the kind encouragement, but seeking advice learning CW was *not* my intention when starting this thread. Rather, I was asking whether people felt that having a "sticky" "How to learn CW" thread was a good idea. What do people think? (Also, I wonder how such a thing is organized?? Who does the gruntwork and who maintains the thread?? Is it more trouble than it's worth??)
73 de Martin, KB1WSY