I think you've already figured it out it's tied to the number of posts you make. I think it's also linked to the length of time you've been registered. I've seen some Newbies who have less than 8 posts but strangers with more than 8. But geez, is newbie any better? LOL.
I don't mind stranger.
"to every one he meets, he remains a stranger..." -Johnny Rivers
Shikatta Ga Nai - "It cannot be helped"<P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1>Edited by Dean_T on 03/06/01 03:01 AM (server time).</FONT></P>