Hey. Welcome back Derri. I'll answer all the questions I can for you. Any others, you are welcome to PM me or Kurt Angle
1) It should only be for the first few posts. When I converted from vBulletin to SMF, we got attacked by a lot of spam bots so I set it to cut down on those.
2) I'll have to dig up the forum rules for you. They do need tweaking but the general rules still apply. A lot of the members here have been around for a long time so its mostly evolved to unwritten rules so to speak. Best thing I can say until I find them is they are the general rules for every forum and community and use common sense when posting (no porn, illegal stuff, etc). I see you at PS4Forum. The same rules there apply here for the most part.
3) For some reason, no. It keeps a running tally of posts there from the start regardless if they're active or been deleted. The introduction forum has 3 topics because I deleted 2 from spambots.
Hope this helps. Anything else, let us know