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Well. I think in some ways, all of us are prone to newbish behavior. Gurus simply hide it more. So a 'newbie' never really escapes being a 'newbie' from his own perspective. Others may see him advance further, but basically, we're all fairly new to this anyway. None of this is all that old, or ancient, unless you start talking about sendmail :P
It's not possible to know EVERYTHING about every distribution and every problem and issue. There can be fundamental problems that even gurus have a hard time with their system at times - resorting newbish behavior. The further you get into it, the more complex you get, the more out-of-depth you are, requiring more and more research and taking more and more time. You won't get a chance to look back, things are moving so quickly. It's those who stop and look back who declare themselves gurus - it is those who keep going without looking back who become the supreme beings
But, less of a philisophical answer is: once you know the command line back to front and know how to write scripts and solve problems effectively.
I think you stop being a newbie when, besides knowing how and where to look for documentation, you begin to see how you can make the various parts that make up a *nix system work for you the way you want.
Of course the jump from newbie to guru would be more than one step.