Hmm, I take a short leave and when i come back everything is going down the tubes( yes the internet is tubes(fiber optics)).
There is always a trend in forums that eventually result in either A: to register you have to do a ton of simple tasks(such as addition or reading a picture) to register. or B: the forums has so many spammers that it loses any real members an slinks behind the couch to die... Worse yet is C: somebody who is bored or angry will set out on a mission of malice which has the ultimate goal of the destruction of the beloved forum.
The forums will start small almost so small that the creator considers shutting down due to the tiny amount of users, then it will grow to the range of about 100, the original members still exist and help out the noobs(noobs at this point in time usually have knowledge of the forums subject matter but are looking for a place to hang out and talk to like minded people) on a regular basis, thoughts of shutting down have been and gone as the forum shows its strength. New members continue to join and the forum grows to about 1000, noobs at this point are interested in the matter and need help, which the oldies are glad to give. Then at about 5000 the forum gets recognized by some outside source and gets advertised on the web, this is where trouble begins. Spammers begin to see a market and commence basic attacks. The trend continues to rise as more nooby noobs come and ask question which have been asked so many times that they have a page devoted to them, but of course the noobs never read the pages which annoys the oldies and slightly less nooby noobs causing the start of massive flame wars, the oldies try to keep the peace but the noobs dont want it and try to assert themselves as the all knowing. After a series of bannings one of the banned will be savvy enough or know a savvy enough person and begin attacks.
Its a cruel cycle of the net.