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I agree with that, it's annoying. But it is also pretty easy to ignore. I prefer that to tons of rules about what or how much you can ask.
I understand HubPages view on it by feeding off of people's needs to obtain something that makes them feel like they have reached a certain "status" on this site. I'd rather see a few good questions asked rather than it be a race to achieve a symbol
I am the same. I have been here for 2-3 weeks and I have posted I think 3 questions. All of the questions were things that I really wanted a response to.