Doug, about a year ago, I was lurking and I saw the Create a Pokemon board. It seemed interesting. I'm smart enough to realize that it wasn't some board where random people post ideas, but when I looked into it, it seemed unbelievably overcomplicated. Most people don't realize what goes into creating a pokemon. They forget about base stats, and ability, and typing, and the combination of the three. They don't realize how much argument goes into figuring out those three.
Anyway, the best way to get newcomers here is a stickied guide that has a quick overview of the project and an in depth explanation of what goes into it, how you can contribute, etc.