Jono Bacon writes: Next week, the Ubuntu community hold their Ubuntu Open Week – a week of IRC tutorials and sessions designed to encourage more and more people to join their diverse community.
Read about it at Newsforge
In addition to the formal events, Friday 1st Dec (the Friday in the Ubuntu Open Week) is a freshers day in which new community members and those who want to get involved in the community can come along, ask their questions and get plenty of help. This will take place in #ubuntu-freshers on irc.freenode.net. Existing community members are invited to help these new folks out.