Currently we have a few minor restrictions on the new member category. To prevent the increase of spammers from flooding the inboxes of our members with junk mail, we now require the new members to have a number of contributing posts before they can private message, or view profiles. (Or at least be a member of this community for a good amount of time.) By contributing posts, we mean not just spam. Anyone can make a thousand posts in Roleplaying Maddness in a short amount of time, but someone who's really dedicated to this site and all that's in it will put out more of an effort.
There is no magic number for advancement. Nagging the staff and whining in threads isn't going to bump you up any faster. Each new member is carefully checked out by the admins on this site. It is very time consuming, but I'm proud to say that our staff is very good and very committed to promoting the people who deserve it in a timely manner. And while we do not discriminate or promote our buddies before anyone else, we have found that people who complain about not being able to pm first are usually the spammers. So forgive us if we err on the side of caution for everyone's sake.
The best way to advance from the new member category is to participate in a few roleplays that are located all over this forum. If the roleplay requires you to private message, then post in the OOC that you aren't able to yet. I'm positive the GM will be understanding and everything will work out fine. Rest assured we do have many good reasons for these restrictions, and they do serve a purpose besides being a minor nuisance.
It should only take you a short time to advance into the member category. So please have patience with us and do your best to ignore this minor inconvenience. We are certain that you can still be active and participate in the forum without the ability to pm and view member profiles. We hope to see you in the welcoming forum soon, thanks for joining Roleplay Adventures.