The point is that you're trying to be nice to the newbie because he's having a hard time because his atts aren't optimal, even though if he changed his atts he'd probably still make huge mistakes. Meanwhile there are people like YOU who have chars who don't have proper mage attributes even though they have most of the runes and a well established character. You can't just remake your character and so you're stuck with the attribute choice you made when you weren't even considering it properly. This guy is the last person who needs his char changed, I doubt many people know who his char are yet and he can't have skilled up high enough that he can't rectify it after his attribute change within a few weeks. He can just delete his char and remake it with his old name and all he'll have to do is re#i a few people and train a bit. If YOU remade if old players returned after a long while, they wouldn't realise who your char is. You'd have to do loads of powergaming and you'd have to get someone to teach you all your runes again, plus I guess you'd lose some items too.
Sure, he's a newbie, so we should be nice to him, but we shouldn't go throwing privileges that other people need much more and can't have just because he's new. Why don't we have him a GM trowel too while we're at it? That'll make him feel welcome.
(I'm not above using the slippery slope fallacy, incidentally