1. I assure you that I have hit the "edit pause" several times, sometimes several times per edit. (EDIT: to be quite clear: by this I mean that I hit the edit button, for the first time, not having previously editted the page, and I get an edit pause. I muck about reading some other stuff, come back, hit edit, and still get an edit pause, and so on, before finally being allowed to make an edit.)
Perhaps by "not hampered" you just mean that I have edited anyway. Yes, true, I am a bit bloody-minded.
2. It is true that I am just a single user, and probably not representative. (See last sentence of 1.) Still, it's not fair to ask me to provide evidence. For starters, I have no access to the information I would need to make such a case.
You say you have seen a decrease in vandalism as a result of this. No doubt! I would be surprised if it were otherwise! And you did say there are still lots of new users. Okay, but were there more before? Has there been a decrease in the number of edits by new users?
3. Posting the rules may encourage some vandals to bypass the system. It will also let new users know when the inconvenience will end, which may encourage them to stick around.
At the very least, you might consider giving SOME idea on the edit pause page as to what is going on, even if you don't give all the details. I only know because I did a search.
edited 13th Aug '12 6:50:20 PM by MindlessMinion