I want to use Miranda IM as my client of choice for IM. Despite being a relatively advanced computer user and doing a lot of google-ing and reading of guides etc out there I can't find a good guide that explain what each plugin to Miranda does, is needed for, how it works, and how to install it. Additionally I can't find an good list of recommended plugins and why to use them. Quite often it seems people recommend installing several different plugins that do the same thing, which confuses me. Additionally there are so many plugins and themes to search through on the home site my brain can't cope!
So does any one have a good beginners guide that will hand hold me through getting up and running with a customised version of Miranda IM, preferably with recommended plug ins and why to use them?
Some good links to themes and skins for the associated plugins would be nice too.
This is going to be used on a Windows XP Pro/Vista OS.