re: Poker & Conflicting SnG advice
Just quickly browsed the early stage section of that article, it's a little misleading and leaves out some important info.
generally speaking we want to play tight in the early stages of a SNG. This especially means that we shouldn't be calling a lot of raises preflop, and we shouldn't be open-limping unless the conditions are good, and this is when this "looseness" comes into consideration. If your table is very passive and you don't expect a raise preflop then it is okay to limp pocket pairs and other implied odds
hands from early or late position. This doesn't happen very often but it is acceptable. Also, if there is a chain of limpers in front of you and you are on the BTN/CO, then you can limp behind with the same implied odds hands. If it is folded to you in a similar situation, you should either raise yourself or just usually fold, since you don't have those same implied odds.
Otherwise, there is really no good reason not to come in for a raise in the early stages. Doing so will cost you in the mid/late game when you need the chips and image to create fold equity.