We still get many people every day posting their questions in random threads because they can't start a new topic and can't be bothered to look for the correct place to post their question.
I suggest a change to how the New Discussion button works:
- Don't hide it for new members, but make it visible and clickable
- When they click it, give them a screen which says they must wait 24 hours after joining to become a new member and give them a choice 1) post and wait 24 hours for the new topic to appear or 2) allow them to choose a forum and a single thread in which to post their question
- To make the second option work, post a new topic into every phone forum called "New members' questions" which is where they are directed if they choose option 2.
- New members will be restricted to posting in these threads for the first 24 hours, after which they can post as normal.
This would help reduce the amount of badly placed questions and it would also give existing members a clear place to watch to help new members. Most internet forums have a similar place called "New members" so the concept is well tested and accepted.