The FAQ now has the following line:
15000 Protect questions to prevent answers by new users
Yet, we highly restrict new accounts and tell them that they need to go earn reputation prior to using the most convenient features of the system and (by that description) intimidate them in the process.
Yes, new users are often problematic, but I don't think classifying them as the cause of a codified repellent in our venerable FAQ is appropriate. That is hardly a welcome mat, especially given how often the FAQ on any given site is cited.
I fear that this gives the impression of "We expect low quality from you until you manage to prove otherwise" and while that might be statistically justified, it isn't very nice and might intimidate people who do bother to read the FAQ (it does happen, believe it or not!)
I suggest changing
Protect questions to prevent answers by new users to
Protect questions from SPAM or noise, which is what the feature does in reality.
Categorizing 'new users' as some kind of wholesale problem is (IMHO) an epic failure for us.