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Originally posted by Hefficide
The twenty post rule is in place to keep spammers, trolls, and folks out to promote their own sites or channels from jumping in and flogging their wares... the same reason why private messages don't work for new folks either. it also helps new people to have a moment to become familiar with the feel and rhythm of ATS as well as to give a staff member a chance to drop those all important "welcome" links.
It was never designed to, or meant to censor or dissuade new people from posting quality or breaking information.
If we were to study 100 such threads ( introductions that are not introductions ) - I would guess that 70-80 of them end up in the trash and 20-30 end up being judged as having enough merit to be moved to another forum and kept alive.
These decisions are based upon staff consensus and aren't always as cut and dry as one might think at first glance. Not too many months ago, for example, a member posted a very good thread to the intro forum - because they had less than 20 posts. The caveat... they had been a member for over 4 years. To arbitrarily silence that person simply because they prefer to lurk would have been absolutely the wrong decision.
The Introduction forum is usually quite fun and is a really good way to help improve the quality of ATS ( therefore improving the quality of what we have to read as members ) by making new people feel welcome and at ease when the first show up. There's little in this world more off putting than entering a strange place and feeling unwelcome.
I hope this helps to answer your questions.