I am new here....glad to have found KnittingHelp.com.
I have been on Ravelry for several years and really like it very much. I love the different interest groups and yes, the Newer Knitters forum/group is very friendly - I have not ever seen anyone be anything but helpful to posts in that forum.
I also love the Notebook/Projects/Stash tracking and I use that extensively.
Anyway- glad to be here too! This seems like a very nice website and forum.