How about allowing only Moderators, Administrators, and the original user to post replies in the Introduction forum?
Doing this would iliminate needless arguements and general bitching, improving the overall image of this message board. The purpose of the Introduction forum was to let new users show their worth, not take a public beating, no matter how much they deserve/need it. There will be plenty of time for the beatings later, after they start to form thoughts and express them publically.
Hell, even if they need beatings, it would be better done through intelligent stabs by the Leaders of this board, not by any and every Member or user who can type a four letter word.
Restricting access would also prevent duplicate posts saying "Welcome!" from taking up space on the Magister's server (which I admit, I have been a part of myself).
If the poster is an old friend or someone you know personally, a Private Message would be more appropiate and
would conserve space.