Something else I find rather concerning. Let's do some rather rough scratch paper elementary level math.
At present, this forum has a total of 105046 users. Let's assume for a second that 95% are spambots (a rather high number but let's just use that as a buffer amount). We're left with 5252 users. Give, probably take, to your liking.
There are a total of 23897 topics. Assuming the first topic was created in 2005, 14 years ago, we average nearly 1706 topics per year.
There are a total of 381593 posts at the time of this writing. According to the same rough guestimation, this brings us in the ballpark of 27256 posts per year.
Going back to registered users, 105,046, we have somewhere around 7503 newbies each year. Let's deduct 95% spambots from this amount, 375 legitimate registers per year.
Again there are evident flaws in the above logic, but it should hopefully prove my point nevertheless. All this with a total of 3 active staff members, 0 of which appear to have access or knowledge of the codebase. I have no way of knowing how this particular forum works, but from my general experience with hacking among the vast lines of PunBB, such a modification might require touching a couple conditionals and not much more. Basing off prior confrontations, admins have little to no direct form of contact with site maintainers and thus are ill-equipt to handle suggestions or required alterations no matter how trivial.
I totally understand that for many, the chaotic nature of daily life leaves little room for side projects. Cenderman has shown that he still cares and is willing to debug issues when they come up, yet there are small but significant necessary changes that seem to have been overlooked. What's especially concerning is the fact that according to the tone of Aaron's message, a decent amount of imploring was done.
As icing on the cake, we still haven't seen our new guidelines earn an official home here even though everyone pretty much agreed they would suffice.
I mean sure, you can turn right around and walk out again, but why? That's sloppy and unprofessional, and it irks me that I can't just fix it.
Frankly speaking, is this really a difficult undertaking? I'd think not but hey what do I know.