I've seen many new users saying that they come from programming or something similar, but without any experience, and wanting to build something completely over their head.
I attribute the cause of this in part to Arduino et similia, because they are very simple and allow making many funny things, even for neophites. But it's just an hypothesis, there may be many different causes.
So my question is: is there something that we can do in this site to give a global answer to all these questions, and suggesting a starting point for getting into electronics?
This is an example: many times I see a question by someone who seems lacking the base concepts of electronics, I go look at the profile and see that he's a quite experienced user of Stack Overflow, meaning that he might be a programmer.
UPDATE: And would we talk about this? A web developer who wants to create a capacitive touch screen in thin film; now, I don't want to seem to critic, but why does everybody think that electronics is like Lego?