Thanks for the input RK! I will say that we're looking forward and not backward. We won't "ditch approved members", but we still can make tweaks to how the forum performs. We might consult with you and a few other folks here who seem to have good ideas on ways to make the forums improve. Are more smilies super important to the experience of using the forum?
Most noobs can't figure out how to become approved members. I pretty much had to upload 100's of pics just to get approved. Anyways, if some noob wants to show off his or her new guitar but then can't, I don't see this person sticking around.
How do I become an approved member? I want to show off my Lynch collection but it won't let me.