I think TJ approached this in a very tactfull way. If there was someway to make it where you had to have 5 or 10 posts before you could start a thread, that would end most suspicions of this stuff.
I have noticed quite a few new threads started by 1st time posters. Some have gone on to be great threads, but usually the origional poster was never heard from again, weird+*&%#@.
Mikey, I do agree with you, that it is good to be nice to new posters although, I probaply made 50 or more posts here before I got brave enough to actually start a topic.