In StackExchange you start with 100 reputation (not much but enough to use basic features like commenting) if you have an account with high reputation on another StackExchange site. It would be cool if we could do something like that - look at Wikimedia edit count or Phabricator activity and the start the user with trust level 1 if they don’t look like a beginner.
The jump from 0 to 1 is so trivial for real users that I am not sure it is worth the hypothetical effort.
You need to read at least 30 posts to get trust level 1, which seems like an entirely unnecessary hoop to make people trying to ask a question jump through (the harder part of which is figuring out that that requirement exists). And if you don’t jump through it, you are obstructed in asking the question - you cannot post attachments, there is a link limit, and an image limit. (The other limitations should not be problematic for a new user.)
Can/should we reduce that to 1 topic and 1 post? That seems like it would avoid some bots, but still keep from hitting most users.
No strong opinion. This is a pilot so we can experiment and revert if needed without having to apologize much.