The clarity of the rules in this case is irrelevant because the people being tripped up by this policy do not read the rules in the first place. They never even open the S+P section, because if they did, I bet they'd see in great big text "MAKE YOUR FIRST POST HERE".
Do you know how many of the disapproved posts include something like 'I'm not sure where to post first, I read the threads in Standards and Practices, but it isn't clear, so I'm trying this'? ABSOLUTELY NONE. Do you know how often I get a private message with that type of question? NEVER. I have never since the start of this policy seen that post, or anything like it. Ever. Do you know what I do see? "OMG this site is awesome!!!" or "Any pastafarians in detroit?" or "I saw an FSM in my cereal this morning, here are the photos!" And do you know where those posts are made? 99% of the time in the exact appropriate thread. These are people who have no trouble reading, finding where they want to post and putting it there, they just don't bother to read anything else first. They assume there are no rules are restrictions, and just start posting. The only way to fix that is to draw even more obnoxious attention to where you must start, which is likely to have no real effect, because it doesn't matter how gaudy something is if you're ignoring it.
The people who get tripped up by this do so in the following way: they join, they post somewhere, it doesn't show up right away so they post it again, it still doesn't show up, and then they either post an angry post elsewhere that ALSO doesn't show up, or start looking for an explanation, THEN find the New Post thread, and post accordingly. A large percentage of our new members have their first post somewhere else, and their second in the New Post thread. Another large percentage posts once in the wrong place and then not again, until they get their disapproved message, at which point they return, post appropriately, and carry on. But again, NO ONE expresses an inability to find where to post first after having stated they read the provided material. And that is probably because of 'MAKE YOUR FIRST POST HERE', something only people who never even enter that section would miss.
But despite Qwerty's portrayal of this policy as something that a lot of people have a problem with (and since he doesn't moderate any posts I don't know what makes him think he knows that), most new members have no problem getting started. I spend more time approving new member posts and deleting spam than I do disapproving posts.
True terror lies in the futility of human existence.
Malcolm Reynolds is my co-pilot.
"The only freedom deserving the name, is that of pursuing our own good in our own way, so long as we do not attempt to deprive others of theirs, or impede their efforts to obtain it. Each is the proper guardian of his own health, whether bodily, or mental and spiritual. Mankind are greater gainers by suffering each other to live as seems good to themselves, than by compelling each to live as seems good to the rest." - John Stuart Mill