Why can you not pm new members

I understand the reasoning behind new members not being able to pm others because they could be spambots, but why can existing members not pm new members?

Probably because if a new member got a PM, then they wouldn’t be able to respond to it.

I think it is because new members have to turn pm-ing on, and not very many of them do. It used to be when you joined, it was automatically tuned on.

When I joined not too long ago it was an option when you signed up. If I remember correctly, it was unchecked by default, but it was right on the registration page, so hard to miss.

I just signed up too and it was hard to miss it. The only way they could miss it if they were using artificial intelligence. :p:p