Just throwing an idea out there... If there is a basic tutorial that holds infomation that is essential for later parts/docs I would make that a mandatory requirement for new newbie users to the site.
There is a fundamental flaw in this though. It would require a sign up for users to use the stuff. But something on that could be added to the sign up process could be an expertise choice, and that would make it so that only newbies are required to take/read the basic tutorial/doc.
Just a thought