Was just going say about the lack of access to the off topic thread whe first registering but just read the posts in th thread explains it!
To explain, the off-topic area is a members-only area, and forums can have a problem with trolls aregistering and never posting but just trawling for info. By having a very basic "no access before 2 posts" it makes the whole process much much harder for trolling but with no real impact on genuine members. Hope that explains the rational for the setting.
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