"I have been playing a 30bb stack for about 3 years now. After black friday, I had no money in a poker account, so I deposited $50 on the Cake network and wasn't even rolled to play $4NL. So I bought in for the smallest allowed (30bbs) in order to rebuild the bankroll.
Within 6 months, I had 4k in my account (see automaticpoker.com for graphs.) I fell in love with the additional challenges (math oriented) offered by playing a short stack as well as the "simplified" decision making process. I had an SNG background and determining profitable shoving ranges fit right in with my mindset. And I found that my post-flop game, developed playing 100+bbs for a couple of years, was still important even with a 30bb stack.
This is the biggest misconception among people, is that people play short stacks just to avoid post-flop play.. nothing could be further from the truth, pre-flop shoves are few and far between.. in fact, short stacking involves less 3-betting than most good "full stacked" players employ. I outline a bunch more reasons to play a small stack in my book, Automatic Poker."'
One day, I think that it will be common practice for people to initially learn poker by employing a short stack. A lot of the prevalent mistakes people make while playing a 100bb stack instantly disappear with less than 40big blinds.
Additionally, loss rates will be reduced considerably during the novice period. In fact, the "growing pains" most neophytes endure may be erased entirely. Several beginner players have written me over the course of the last year and said they are beating the game for the first time ever. Some of them are not just beating it, they are absolutely crushing it.
And since I advocate that beginners start with less than $100 in their poker accounts, the risk is almost nil. If nothing else is considered, the fact that someone doesn't have to pay hundreds or even thousands of dollars to learn the game and become a winner, should be reason enough for people to shed the "old" way of doing it and do something that ( in my mind) makes the most sense.
Learn to walk before you run.