The initial rule is stupid regardless
The timer was put in place so people don't spam statues all the time
If you delete your status to type a new one, you're not spamming your status. And it won't bump out anyone else given that it'll just replace your old, already visible status
I don't know why mods make stupid pointless rules for no reason
I'll tell ya then!
I don't know if the way YCM worked has changed (and I don't use the Status Bar much anyway) but from when the status bar first came out I believe you could fill it up with spam, all just one person having all five spots.
I believe it was then adjusted so that it would auto-remove and replace your latest status.
FOR EXAMPLE: If users A, B, C, D and E were the only ones posting in the status bar, even if A posted a new status every 5 minutes, it would still only show ABCDE, with A as the top poster usually.
This worked okay for a while until we realized there were more than 5 members on this site, so we decided to make a rule for 20 minutes to avoid spamming and advertising stuff.
Problem is that you could then game the system by continuously deleting and reposting the same status.
So if our imaginary YCM was now A through Z, A could post a status, then B, then C, D, E, then F would kick them off the status updates. A could then just delete his status and post a new one, kicking off B. Then G, H, I, J would post and K would knock off A, until A deletes and posts a status again and... etc etc.
It was a legitimate concern on YCM because of stupid spammers spamming their waifu war polls and terrible fanfics and create-a-card nonsense that only a very small niche actually cared about.
Dunno if YCM has changed much but that's the way it worked when the system was introduced. If it's changed, by all means change the rule. IDC