I have a few long topics where newbies can post their questions. Yet I want to make sure that long time members don’t get annoyed by evergreen questions. Although I advice members to read the first topic and read the resources there first, many still rather opt for asking their question instead. So far I haven’t found a user-friendly way or incentive to point them to a beginner article or FAQ.
How about a feature to configure a lightbox prompt when the user hits a “New Topic” or “Reply” button?
That way you can provide a short text and a few links for the user to point him to helpful resources.