I consider myself a journeyman newb. I don't feel comfortable rooting my HTC THUNDERBOLT because I don't trust my own knowledge. I'm the guy that gets asked 50 questions from my mother-in-law about her new iPad. I switched to Android after having hand-me-down phones for about 5 years until I could afford to buy a decent one. I bought the Bolt on the release day, and am extremely happy with it. I don't know that I will ever attempt to root, but I do know that there is much more to learn. By the way...Roll Tide!