yes, but if a "general fixed info" stick is the first thing a newb sees, they will be more likely to check that as your naturally look at the first-listed thread first. Unlike the search function, which actually requires some effort in locating
also, the search fucntion actually requires some effort to formulate a search and pour through the irrelevant answers. Granted, a sticky of general info would still require some effort, but it would be less than conducting a search.
I'm just saying it would cutt down on some of the posts.
Then again, if the number of dumb newb posts are cut-down, people here wouldnt have so much fun berating them!