I first joined SO to ask a specific question and so as to not be a leech did my usual habit when joining a forum of checking for any questions I could help with by pressing the unanswered button. After scrolling through half a dozen or so pages without seeing anything I could answer I left it at that for a while.
Since then I've become more active and realise the sort order, but I wonder if maybe "newest" page would make a better default than the current that ranks by votes and almost becomes a "too hard" basket by the nature of older questions gaining more votes over time. Or maybe a new page like "interesting" that throws in a bit of a mix based on age, page views and votes.
Anyway just an idea I thought I'd throw out there for comment.