I agree that it's unfortunate, I used to love checking this forum a few times a day - probably about 10 years ago now. If I tried to list names I would leave many out, but this is during the "Woodyhunter" times. The posts and many of the personalities were awesome. It's a shame the site crashed a few years back and we lost all of those old posts - I would love to scan through them right now.
I think spot burning and some members being seemingly outright resentful toward success caused some decline, and changes to the site layout, photobucket, and emergence of alternative forums all contributed as well. Some (presumably many) people have been banned. Everybody hunts now too with fewer places to hunt, which is reason enough to keep some things to yourself.
"Speak when you are angry, and you will make the best speech you will ever regret." - Ambrose Bierce