ALL NEW MEMBERS MUST POST IN THE INTRO THREAD BEFORE THEY WILL BE ALLOWED TO POST ANYWHERE ELSE.
Furthermore, automatic post approval does not kick in until a poster has a positive post count (aka more than 0). Since posts in the Welcome section do not add to post count, what this means is that even if you have a gagillion posts in the Intro thread, every one of those gagillion posts will have to be approved by a moderator before they appear. And until you post in another section, you will NEVER have the ability to post without moderation. Also, that first post outside the Welcome section will also have to be approved.
So, even the most efficient poster will have their first two posts moderated by hand before they get free posting reign. And since none of the admin or mod staff here gets paid, and we all have super duper busy oh-so very important lives, you can all do us a favor by striving to be the most efficient poster ever. You can do this by, on your first visit, making two posts - one to the intro thread, and one to the thread you are most eager to participate in, and then - going away for a few hours. I usually make between 6-10 visits here a day to check for posts that require moderation, and other admins are here between those times, so if you just give us a little of your patience, you should be clear the hurdle relatively quickly. And by exhibiting a little early restraint, you can avoid having 12 posts awaiting moderation and wondering what the deal is.
I realize this is the absolute most coolest site on the entire intergalactic interwebs, but it only stays that way when the mod staff isn't cranky. A bit of moderation on the part of YOU means a little less moderation on the part of US.
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"The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest." - John Stuart Mill