I'm not sure of the levels, and how you progress through them specifically - but from my own experience I can assure you that participating in conversations, giving likes where possible and starting topics will generally get you out of Newcomer in an appropriate amount of time.
Besides, you might come for the giveaway - but you will probably find a fun community worth staying in!
Thank you for the feedback regarding ranks. As @Sam_AMD mentioned, we’re here to listen and make improvements, so your input is greatly appreciated. I’m working to create some documentation to help provide more insight into the ranking system. For now, here is some basic information:
Thank you for the kind words @Forcexxibigbad 😊
Welcome to the Red Team Community!
This is just like AMD, make some hardware everyone wants and then fall down on the easy part. I don't see any description of the ranks.
But, to answer the question, I'm guessing you get to Novice III by the time you set up your profile and make your first post. I think they intended it to be a low bar for entry, but didn't bother to explain. Maybe someone will figure it out and post here. Good idea starting this thread about it, though.
It is a bit more than first post, it seems to go Newcomer --> Journeyman III. Had a similar issue with the DxO forums to be able to send a PM to someone (have to be a certain level)