I too am a old member, and yup I agree with the OP. In, fact I raised a similar question years ago...See this thread:
Interesting thread - but I tend to agree with this comment posted by a member in reply to your topic in thread:
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I can also see the other side of the coin in as much as people seem generally to be a bit intolerant to others views (not just here at head-fi but other big forum sites elsewhere) and maybe quick to dismiss or pigeon hole some "newcomer" as a "troll" or "fanboy/girl" who doesn't "behave" in the manner some established, long term members approve of to which their length of membership gives them a sense of entitlement to make such judgements. The ruffled long termer then red flags newcomers posts as only interpreting posts negatively resulting in possible unnecessary drama, and whilst I don't agree with other members views from time to time, I don't think restricting genuine free flowing opinions made is necessarily a good path to take...