When I took over the PIF, @Matfam1 said that anyone could participate. Noob or not. If you want me to enforce the 6 month thing, say the word bro. I'm easy like Sunday morning.
I like the idea of everyone being able to join in the fun. Just like the newbie sampler trade it gives new cigar smokers a chance to try sticks that they might not know about or have yet to venture out into trying. Just my $.02