There have been recent events where we've caught new members spamming certain topics such as galleries, the requesting arena and the like for the sole purpose of upping their post count so they could get to the tutorial section of this site. There has also been a history of members leeching off the tutorial section and even ripping off graphics to post on another site, where they claim the work as their own.
Because we want to prevent this from happening again and because we want to see all members make a contribution to the site that goes beyond spamming topics just to use the tutorial section, the admins have decided to put all new members under moderator preview for their first 5 posts. This means that your first five posts will have to be approved by a moderator, before they become visible. Once they've been approved, you will automatically cease to be under moderator preview and you'll be allowed to post to your heart's content.
For this to work, we will create a new member group in which all new members will be put after validation. You'll automatically be placed in the members group once you've made 5 approved posts. Since we're still in the process of creating this new member group and figuring some last things out, there will be a slight delay in validations. Anyone who is still waiting to be validated will have to be patient for a little while longer, for which I apologize.