newbie has 16 questions at the moment, and I'm a bit concerned about it. Last year, Jeff wrote this nice blog post about Meta Tags, which are tags that describe the nature and identity of the question, rather than the actual content of the problem.
The ultimate goal of a Q&A site is not just to solve the original author's problem, but to solve the problem for all people who have the same issue. Certainly, knowing the background of an author will help answerers determine the best course of action. The divide in experience is not important to classifying the question, however, and that is the purpose of tags. Whether someone is fresh to the subject, or has been brewing for years, that is easily something covered by the body of the question as part of the background detail.
Do we have any strong arguments for retaining this tag, or can we get rid of it? I think that having this kind of tag is problematic, both because of its non-categorical nature, and because it fosters a divide on the level of questions when it comes to experience level.