Yeah, you lose the "new member" tag after you hit a certain post number, I don't remember what that number is though.
And to start a contest as it says in the rules, you just have to contact a Mod and ask them for their permission to start it.
RJ (H. Lifalili), Acara (EB)
Ghost, Tuxedo, Trip (Angels)
Leopards: 1:3 Hawkeye, Luna, Astrael, Dorian