Jeff K. wrote:
I will say that we're looking forward and not backward.
Interesting statement given that this forum is a large step backward in terms of technical features.
The approved members thing is flat-out terrible. It's not about "looking backward," it's about making the forum usable. There have been many guitar-related things I've been interested in posting and then just gave up when I got the stupid "non-approved member" thing despite being around here for 6 years.
I'm quite confident you'll find old members and new members alike would agree on that point. Stopping people from being able to share until they reach some threshold that isn't described anywhere is pure frustration and drives users away.