Welcome to KH! I'm kinda new here too, but not new to knitting. However, I don't consider myself an expert. My advise would be...don't worry about the tail for now. When you've finished knitting a piece, thread the tail onto a tapestry/darning/or knitting needle and weave the tail,in and out of a few stitches,(about an inch), on the wrong side. Then snip off the excess.
You might want to post this question over again in say, "General Knitting". (Start a new thread.)I just don't think it's getting enough exposure up here in "Introduce Yourself". You are going to find that everyone is so friendly here and soooo helpful! Never hesitate to ask a question, no matter how silly you might think it sounds. NO SUCH THING AS A SILLY OR STUPID QUESTION HERE! I'm sure you'll get more advise from much more experienced knitter than me.
You are going to love knitting! The best of luck to you!