I just wanted to add I can't see it taking that long I mean when I RPed at other sites it was an instint approval type of thing.
Well, the approval process takes place primarily to screen out the confined and confused, which is a good thing, if you ask me, though I agree with 'roses, that 24h is a good deal, somewhere there used to be a line about "we expect you to be able to hold a conversation." An intro post and one answer hardly passes as a conversation, IMHO.
I have seen people approved only after posting the questionnaire and I was asking myself what does that tell about the (im)maturity of the poster? Nothing, I guess. It only tells something about the ability to comprehend a written text and web-site orientation sense, which, to be blunt, some applicants still obviously lack, since there still are popping up new intros without the questionnaire filled in.
But well... I'm not the Deities and I trust them to do the job, though I agree with silverroses that a rule about 24h before approval AND a certain amount of posts would give a better insight.
My two cents.