Get rid of that ridiculous 'mod-approve-prior-to-post' rule for new members. It's an absolute and horrid turnoff for new members and puts them off from joining. This is a bloody styleforum for God's Sake. Pictures are essentially quite vital for good discussion and restricting new members from posting any is just plain stupid. As much as I understand that some people might spam, I am also very sure that constitutes a minority and letting a small amount ruin it for the majority is idiocy. If the vetting period is only maybe 10minutes then fine, by all means. I've posted for over a day and still dont see any. By the time my posts appear (if they ever will), they'll probably be so outdated and it seems like in digging backwards in a thread to make a probably-pointless-by-then comment.
Wonderful system, whoever came up with it
I agree. It's a pain.
There is no rule. Sometimes new members just get caught up as a result of our overzealous spam filter, which is necessary (otherwise, pretty much every second post would be a Chinese spammer.) Unfortunately, we don't have the resources to have someone constantly on the mod queue. It's a volunteer position, and we just can't ask people to be constantly on call, 24/7.
We are sorry for the inconvenience, but the mods do get through the queue.