In the finale episode The Neutral Zone, were the Federation and Romulan outposts destroyed by the Borg?
They certainly were, This was confirmed by the Enterprise-D when they were flung to system J-25, when they scaned the planet and Data says something like "the machine elements have been scooped of the planet, It is identical to what happened to the outposts in the neutral zone".
I thought the Borg didn't learn about humans until the episode "Q Who?" where they discovered the location of Earth from the Enterprise computers.
around 2353 the Hansens Ship the Raven was partially assimilated by the Borg They probably got the information on earth from the Ravens computers and from the Hansens themselfs. As far as we know the Hansens were the first humans assimilated by the borg. And in 2362 The U.S.S Tombaugh and her crew were assimilated. Thus giving the Borg more info, So even before the events of Q-Who the Borg were aware of the Federation.
Oh yes there also the transmission the borg from the Ent episode Regeneration sent to the Delta quadrant, If that transmission was recived before the Hansens were assimilated thats where the Borg got their info or at least some of it, Alough but the time the Borg got that transmission the info in it would have been out of date except for their location.
Is all this from a canon source? It makes sense, but I don't remember hearing anything like that before.
Oh yes its canon
Voyager episodes: Infinate regress, Raven, Dark frontier. Enterprise episode: Regeneration.
Ok then. I'm mostly a TNG guy, but I'll have to watch those episodes some time. Thanks. :)