A relatively popular site, likely to defer trolls (which are likely to flock to this site because of its thematics), enforces a rule that one must be registered there for a week minimum to be able to talk in most places. I consider this rule substantiated.
What I find odd, however, is that the staff makes clear they don't want to be bugged about this rule. Proposing relaxing the period to a day or even asking the staff to substantiate this rule is not welcome there. When someone tries to talk to staff about this rule they're simply warned to drop the topic because the rule isn't going anywhere; if this is not enough then disciplinary actions in the form of temporary mutes are enforced against those who keep asking.
Partially because one of my many faults is that I dislike such an attitude and partially because I genuinely believed that this was an example of a suboptimal staff policy I told the staffer, after being customarily warned to drop the topic, that while they had the right to act in this manner, this nevertheless creates a bad impression for new users who ask in a good faith. I was muted.
I wonder, though, if I was right. Was I right that enforcing such rules "just because", while refusing to even substantiate them, creates a bad impression on community members and is likely to repulse some users? Or am I exaggerating, and such harsh mannerism contributes towards maintaining order in the site without causing much harm?
Related and why such a harsh policy might be appropriate there: https://communitybuilding.stackexchange.com/a/2683/2363