Resistance is futile. You have already been assimilated by the Borg/Skynet/Big Brother/Term of your choice. Full commercial, a drop in views they notice but pining for the old days is irrelevant.
Don't blame the admins, for them it's a job driven by performance numbers. If page views and The Google's opinion of the advertising value of the viewer go up, they've done their job.
One can only hope that the "value" of a huge thread of acrimonious flaming is sufficiently less than that of a beautiful well-written trip report or an informative collaborative where-to/how-to thread, so moderation can succeed. So far so good, fingers crossed.