First off I want to say that this site has been a great teaching tool for me. I have no prorper education in 3d animation. Almost everything I know is due to this site.
What I am about to say is not an attack on the efforts of the moderators. These are just numerous things that I have seen greatly increase over the year and half I have been visiting this site. When I first started to come here I the threads where usally filled with with intellegent cg related topics. It seems that recently more and moretopics are started that are off topic. The conversations in these threads have also turned sophmoric. I just ask you to read through some of these threads and ask yourself if this site has its professional feel to it anymore. I don't know if it is because I have gained more knowledge in cg and are no longer as amazed at teveryones work here but this site does not feel professional to me. I remember when I first started visiting the rules where stricly enforced among the proper way to post in the finished gallery. Now it seems like no one opeys the rules anymore and no cares it they do or not. There are many things like this that I feel are bringing this site down. Off topic threads in general discussion are in threat of out numbering legit cg related threads. It also seems that number of fanboys have also increased. I think this is due to a lot of new people that come to this site and don't see the professinol atmosphere that use to be here. I have seen several people that have regestered here after Jan. 1 2004 with close to 300 replys. When you look over what they said in previous post there mostly fan boy commments. I think this hurts people to that are looking to get critqued on there work but there thread gets pushed down quickly becouse these fanboys only comment on pieces that are great. By time the true professional gets home from his job. The persons post could be on the third page. I have had a number of post that had little legit comments.
I think I will stop here even though there are plenty more things that I feel have changed.
I am not trying to attack any mods on here. I love this site. I no longer find that it has very professional atmopshere. It is professional run though.
If you guys are thinking of making any changes to make this site better I am all for it and I am sure there are plenty othere who are.
Sorry for the long post. Thak you to the mods for doing the best they can. You guys hold this site toghter.