4) My entire point was, is, and remains that your original post would be likely to lead an inexperienced participant to think that there was a puritanical/fanatical segment of list members (which might be quite large, since you only mentioned a specific number in LATER posts) who expected people to "prove their worth" in order to participate. Perhaps that's not what you meant to imply. Perhaps I'm the only soul on the list who thought that inference likely or even possible. But given the rhetoric that's been flying around lately, I wanted to make clear that no one that I know of is holding anyone's feet to the fire.
That's how I saw your "warning." Your mileage may vary.