Hello, I'm new to this forum, and don't want to get off on the wrong foot by stepping out of line, because I think it's a terrific forum However, I find it extremely inconvenient, unnecessary, and frustrating that I can't PM anybody without having already made 30 posts (and I'm sure I'm not the only one who feels this way). I also think it encourages people to post whatever waffle comes into their head, just to ramp up their volume of posts and gain access to personal messaging. I can appreciate that rules are rules, and that you obviously want us all to make contributions, however this particular rule seems problematic. Whenever I join a forum, I tend not to post for a long time, because I'm still in the reading phase, and I prefer to shut my mouth when I have nothing genuine to add to the conversation. Also, I'm keen to sign up for group mentor access, however I fear that once I make the payment, I still won't be able to contact anybody due to my lack of posts. Which is just ridiculous. I'm not attacking anybody, just outlining my concerns.