No, it's a tragedy.
It's a "large number of people" who we will never reach; who will be repelled by the project before it even starts. That's a "large number of people" who will receive this strange object in the post, try and fail to write an SD card, maybe manage to get a Linux command-line but look around for support and find nothing useful. They will either throw it in the bin or put it on eBay. Then they will go around for months bad-mouthing us to all their mates.
When the educational release comes around they are not going to buy another.
Whats needed is a new section on the forum, not a blog or something everyone can post to or create topics on, just a page accessed through a link above "Where to buy".
I've Got A New Pi. HELP!
It doesn't need to be complex, just a page with simple words and pictures to handhold the new owner through what they need before they can use their Pi, where to get the operating system, how to put it on the SD card and what to do after first boot. Stuff like what the internet browser is called and so on.
I KNOW this sort of stuff is available in all sorts of places, but people WILL come here for help and if there is something in an eyecatching place on the first page they land on, then they may pay attention.
Another thing is the operating system. Someone who is unfamiliar with the Pi may not realise (no matter what they've been told) that you need an SD card with the operating system on it to run the Pi. They'll plug it in as they got it and whoops! Its not working. To many people, SD cards are only for pictures and maybe mp3s, and getting an OS image written to a card may be a fraught process.
I'm hoping that one of the things going on in the background at this moment is planning to have some inexpensive 4Gb SD cards with Fedora installed available on the Shop site to coincide with the first deliveries of the Pi. Not everyone will need to buy one but for a Pi owner who has come form a Windows PC background they could the difference between getting some use out of their Pi and it languishing in a box somewhere.
I'm just a bouncer, splatterers do it with more force.....