Perhaps we can have a whole section for people, "I brought a RPi and now I don"t know what to do with it…".
It would be a good idea to document a few things that amateurs can do usefully. We already have instructions to build a NAS. Is there anything else that an amateur could do with an unwanted RPi?
We could also create preloaded SD cards for common appliances like a NAS or firewall. Some may think that this is too much hand-holding, but it might make some people realise that the RPi can do something useful and encourage them to experiment just a little bit.
Even the the experience of burning an SD card to create a NAS could be the first step for some people to open their minds.
With this in mind, I"m thinking about re-expanding the "Getting started" section of the wiki, I would welcome thoughts and ideas from people.
I"ve put some ideas down on the wiki discussion page:
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You can never have enough hand-holding, the RPi is intended to encourage people to try things out, failing to do things isn"t too encouraging.
A lot of people (perhaps even most…scary thought!) will not even know what linux is, let alone a Samba server (is it someone who dances while bringing you your drinks?).