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I've been a member here at ATS for around 6 months, give or take.
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
Although this has been discussed many many times before, here are my thoughts.
The 20 post qualification for new threads or PM's is a method used in order to give members a taste of what ATS is by participating in discussions, as opposed to starting them. It gives a chance for people to learn the rules, understand our strong stance on civility and decorum and does a great job of weeding out the trolls.
You'd be amazed at how quickly trolls are found by staff and the membership when they can only post in the Introductions forum or within other existing threads.
Besides, you can garner 20 meaningful posts in all of 15 minutes if you really wanted to. There are thousands of threads covering thousands of topics and there is bound to be at least 20 right of the bat that anybody could add meaningful insight to.