Originally Posted by spleen
Mud-room is a nice idea, I agree. Will it happen? I don't know, I don't run the show here.
VERY easy to implement, no coding required. New group called "Probationary" or whatever, access controls to read only on MOST boards, DENY in some, and post only in a specific board - Using basicaly the same code as the "asc contributors" title bars, you can configure probationary users with an image designating them as such, so that it's clear in boards that are availalbe to them WHO is probationary and who is not.
Takes 20 minutes to do.
You can also set it to "promote" a user after X days or X posts, thus moving them into a non-probationary group.