I've been thinking about this one since you posted it, and here you go:
What do you think of the site on the whole?
Great for some.
Poor for others.
What is your OVERALL impression of the site?
Stuck is the best I can come up with... It's why I think the value is declining. IMO You couldn't start this site today with the same rules, TOS, limitations, etc. and have it be half the success WebmasterWorld has been / is...
You've got the 'dinosaurs' and 'trolls' who don't want anything to change and squash anyone who suggests what other forums are doing as even being an option, and you've got the 'kids' who expect a site like others or they won't visit.
This thread says some of it a bit better than I think I could: [webmasterworld.com
Suggestion or idea on what I'd think about doing?
Split it... Either make two 'flexible' systems which both display the same posts (think 'old view' - no links show v. 'new view' - more links allowed (as an example of meaning more than simply a template change)), or keep this one as is (basically) and fire up SearchEngineWorld with a new look, new feel, new set of rules, new set of mods, new TOS, allow full interlinking, have parallel user name between the two and give people the best of both worlds.
Personally, I think you've got the user base to have two sites...
[edited by: TheMadScientist at 3:31 am (utc) on May 27, 2010]