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Why does this site have such a restrictive policy of allowing people to participate ?! I find it incredibly frustrating.

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Because you have to prove your worth to the community first. If just anyone could vote, it'd be trivial to massively boost spam/bot accounts. – Marc B Feb 18 '13 at 0:06
See – Robert Harvey Feb 18 '13 at 0:08

It's to prevent people from creating new accounts just to spam-upvote their other accounts in order to artificially boost reputation.

Getting a rep of 15 is easy, just answer a single question. That proves you're not a bot.

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Although there is a legitimate case to be made for OP to be able to vote on answers to his own question. – user000001 Feb 18 '13 at 0:49
Yes, but a new account could be made to post a question just for the other account to answer, and then to upvote the answer. – kufudo Feb 18 '13 at 1:12
They can do that already by accepting the answer in the "dummy question". – user000001 Feb 18 '13 at 11:18

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