Especially to newbies, the chatterbox is vital. Go into your options and move that beast right to the top.
I always ignored the thing, mostly since I'm not a chatty type of person. One day I was adding nodes left and right when I noticed my name in the thing.

Why would someone /msg me?
Oh, because my writeups are crap!

The powers that be at E2 and users will advise your writings if they need work, or tell you that they're going to Node Row and why. Usually this feedback will occur right away (during decent hours).