It is based solely on your post count.
The "Be gentle I'm a newbie" phrase, was, I suppose, Richard Orchard's way of saying "play nice" to some of the older grumps on this site. Many of the grumps object to the newbies' FAQ's that could have been answered by by a search of the internet. Of course the onslaught of constant drivel and spam by certain other newbies does not help any ...
I suppose you are developing the thick skin needed to survive on Queenzone?
Socialism - Let me tell you how it will be
There's one for you, nineteen for me
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don't take it all