I've been coming to this site for as long as some of the veterans here....although I have like 1/1000 the amount of posts as some.
Personally I think many of the problems here have come as a result of the rep system. I understand that the system is there to protect anyone from accessing copyright material and to increase contributions, but a lot of the time it seems to backfire. Honestly, I could less about accessing "privileged" forums....all the rep seems to do is induce dumbass newbies, who don't have to brains to seach google for mma videos, into posting crap to raise their rep. You've got them sucking up to veteran posters, begging, and bent out of shape over nothing. Its not just newbies either, I've read a ton of fights where long time posters get bent out of shape/bully over rep issues. Fuck even mods get pissed about being negged sometimes and some have even been domoted over issues related to the rep system.
Maybe just limiting the users that can post in the main forum will help out...put a post count limit on it or something before you can post. Say for example 100 posts before you can post in the main forum.....and then if the mods still feel that they're posting crap, send them back to noob jack till they reach 200 or something.
But anyways, what do I know....I don't have any rep haha. Feel free to tell me to STFU or neg me to hell....i'll try and hold in the tears