We are frequently asked why Porcupines (new members) do not see a "New Topic" button on most of the boards. New members are restricted to only posting replies until they have a total of 10 posts and advanced to the next level, Grapehead. The reason for this restriction is a long story, but metaldams summed it up very well, recently, when he said:
Unfortunately, this site has had a lot of trolls and people who just can't write legibly over the years littering the site. By limiting where new posters can post, we can prevent this site from being littered by the bad apples.
To make it easier for new members to advance, I just modified the "Fan Reviews" section on the episode pages to count any new reviews towards your post count on the message boards. This will let you quickly boost your total post count by reviewing a few of your favorite episodes.
The Fan Reviews are moderated, and won't be displayed or counted until they are approved by one of the Admins. Please be sure to read Helpful Tips On Getting Your Fan Comment Posted
before you begin adding reviews.