If possible, I feel that it'd be best to prevent any member from applauding/smiting new members 'til they have accumulated a specific amount of posts. Perhaps 25 or similar. I think some new members may be turned away by being smited by regular members for things they say. What they may say may be from the lack of knowing the rules and guidelines of the website which, most (even many of us) have not read in joining. I think most are smited based on rules, and I think some are applauded just for joining, or announcing they are an atheist which I find to be nonsense (opinion).
Just an idea.