A shovel user asked this past week how to get the best benefit from the site. That is, how to best take advantage of the different features. Here is my response:
First, make sure that you are logged in. This way, you'll be able to track which articles you've viewed. You may have noticed the red labels next to article titles on the "Most Recent Posts" block on the front page that indicate "New" or "Updated". Once you've visited any of those articles the red label will disappear. Now, that block only shows the five most recent articles (other than Shoveletters or Spoonfuls).