Here is the answer. I touched on this above, but no one paid any attention to my comment.
Question: Why can't I start a new topic?
Answer: User has not read or posted in enough topics to have "new topic" permissions. We make new users show there good faith before we allow them to post a new topic.
Trust level 1
A) TL1 requires topics entered: 5
How many topics a new user must enter before promotion to trust level 1.
B) TL1 requires read posts: 5
How many posts a new user must read before promotion to trust level 1.
C) TL1 requires time spent mins: 20
How many minutes a new user must read posts before promotion to trust level 1.
Thjs is the answer to this members issue. We do this as security against Spambots, and Commercial Spammers. It allows us to watch a new member to determine if they are in good standing, before allowing them to open new topics.