lammert - 4:00 am on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
<Taking moderator hat off>
The WebmasterWorld brand is well known, and as far as I have discussed it with other people has a good standing as a webmaster resource. It has some outdated look and feel and the visual appearance breaths the past.
The main value I see is in the existing content. Lots of information has been written here, the timeline of many on-line developments is visible and many old threads are still valuable resources to read. The strict moderation rules may have accomplished that. It has turned in a great content and resource site.
But at the same time strict moderation sometimes chokes discussions. This causes a conflict of interest. To create high quality resource threads which still have value after years you need guidelines, but to get conversation going to get new ideas, insights and solutions, a free flow of thoughts is needed. That is where it sometimes lacks IMO.
While the existing content and stored knowledge is great and of great value as a reference, acquiring new knowledge gets increasingly difficult and without changes may cause the site to become a static site, still with great knowledge, but less and less interesting discussions about new and current issues. Something like a museum: a great place to visit but with less and less connection with the real-time world.
It is OK that the visual appearance of the site is dated and breaths the past. But we should be aware not to move to a situation where also the content and discussions start to breath the past.