<jargon> /n[y]oo'bee/ (Originally from British public-school and military slang variant of "new boy") An inexperienced user of Usenet
or other system.
This term surfaced in the newsgroup
news:talk.bizarre but is now in wide use.
Criteria for being considered a newbie vary wildly; a person can be called a newbie in one newsgroup while remaining a respected regular in another.
The label "newbie" is sometimes applied as a serious insult to a person who has been around Usenet
for a long time but who carefully hides all evidence of having a clue.