Friends, lurkers, and newcomers, lend me your eyes!
This is a place for fresh faces to stop by, interact, or merely read - though saying hello is highly encouraged! In line with my recent comments, I've seen fewer new names crop up despite the wave from the last Reddit emigration (CEO of Reddit manipulating comments, IIRC). That said, I'd like to think the promotion system is a limiting factor in exploring the site's features. Are you still confused with any form of the system or culture?
I know I, for one, posted more than commented in order to get my questions out there - hell that's the whole point of the #newtohubski tag (esp. in conjunction with #askhubski). Perhaps allowing those two to be fair game?
For the familiar faces, what are your thoughts on the matter now? Here's a chance to reflect on how the 'promotion' system has gone thus far and connect with those directly affected. If you're part of the old guard that can't post, then this is the place for you as well.
It's a double-edged sword. The reduction in spam posts has been fantastic. I'll say that much.
It would be wonderful if quality new users could post immediately. However, if the expectation weren't there, then I don't think it would be much of an issue. It doesn't take much quality interaction to result in someone promoting you.