I'm a newbie here; I signed up to help out a friend.

I understand the need to filter out the spam from new folks.

I wish that were stated in the FAQs.

I have a preferred sig and I wanted to PM my friend so they would know I was here. I cannot do eithter one, but the FAQs don't really explain why. They just state something about 'Adminstrator Approved' or something similar. I am assuming I am blocked I am new and not yet 'Vetted'.

The need is real, but the explanation could be better. :D