Square Enix has launched the FFXIV forums and closed down the beta ones, but...
It appears they are the most heavily restricted forums, for paying customers mind you (since you need an ARR character to post in there), in the history of gaming.
Please participate in the first thread created against these limits, here:
And also spread the word via Facebook / Twitter and the like.
They are entitled to put limits in place to limit abuse / spam / server load, but not these kind of limits.
I hope you agree with me and let them know this is ridiculous. Cheers!
PS: The above is a personal post and does not mean to reflect Zam's opinion on the matter, or what have you.