Usually, when users ask for invites on #lobsters someone will quote the chat page, which says
New contributors are always welcome on Lobsters, but pestering other members in the channel for invites is not acceptable. If you are the author or otherwise involved with a story that was submitted to the site, ask and someone will invite you.
However, the about page specifically says
Invitations are used as a mechanism for spam-control and to encourage users to “be nice”. New users must be invited by a current user, though there is no vetting process and invitations are not intended to promote exclusivity. The most efficient way to receive an invitation is to talk to someone you recognize from the site or request one in chat.
My view is that there is nothing wrong with requesting an invite on #lobsters as long as you ask nicely and aren’t flooding the channel with invite requests, but I’ve heard otherwise from other members.
Could we get some clarification on this?