I'd have to agree with Giblet/Venom on this. Boards just isn't as good as it used to be. ( my humble opinion of course, I will explain why )
The two main problems I see with it are,
1) lack of tolerance of new users/elitism
2) annoying repetition of questions.
A lot of new users will post something perhaps stupid/controversial and be slammed by the older members. Fair enough, if they keep doing it, then persecute them, but up until that point a bit of leeway should be given. Instead of shouting shut the **** up at them, tell them politely, no we don't do that here.
Or if a guy with 1 post replies to a question with an intelligent technical reply, he also get's slammed. The elitist crap coming in again. ( hangover from the quake days as well ) Mod's should crack down on this.
Repetition of questions. Have FAQ's on the boards, and when someone asks a bog standard question, point them to the faq and lock the topic. That simple. Mod's can judge as to whether or not the topic deserves debate/conversation.
anyway, my 2 euro cents.