Ok everyone, as much as I've resisted doing it I've just instituted a 24 hour probationary period for new members. All that means is new members will have to wait a day before they can comment or post fanposts/fanshots. I've done this for two reasons:
1. This gives new members a chance to look around and get a feel for the site.
If you've just signed up for an account, do both me and yourself a favor by getting a good handle on what goes on around here and the best way to get involved in the community. (Hint: posting a story that has already been covered or asking questions that you could have found the answer to simply by scrolling down the main page are not the way to go.) Read the comments, check out the featured stories and fanposts, and get a good idea of what the community considers appropriate. After the probationary period is over and you still feel like you want to post, feel free. Just make sure it's appropriate to the site, (reasonably) well written, and not something that has already been covered. If it isn't, have a thick skin ready 'cause the regulars expect a certain level of quality in the discourse and if you ain't meeting it, they'll let you know. With that in mind...
2. Y'all's mean.
Folks, the n00b hazing is getting a little out of hand. Let's tone it down a notch. If someone still feels the need to ignore the above guidelines on new member postings, then flag it, point them to this post or to the new member thread, and leave it be.