Go Godot and other old timers who are not afraid to express their opinion. This site would be so boring if everyone agreed to 'BE NICE'. Don't you hate it when people preface their post with that. Why ask for an opinion if you don't want the truth. Maybe they could have a separate section for 'BE NICE' cakes.
There seems to be a huge emphasis at the moment on looking after newcomers with little thought to the people who are the backbone of the site. It's all very well to want to increase the member base so that advertising revenues etc can be increased but if you don't look after your base members who are supplying the good solid advice then eventually they will leave and the site will be nothing but empty air. And from what I can gather there has been a huge exodus over the last few years.
I have to disagree. This is not about growing the member base to increase revenues. This is amount the ever increasing volume of emails we are receiving from new visitors expressing that they were made to feel unwelcome or humiliated in their initial interactions on the site. This is not caused by the majority of members, but there are some members who can be unnecessarily harsh or unwelcoming.
We care just as much about existing members as new members, but more importantly we care about the environment that exists at CC. I would say though that we err on the side of keeping things really friendly and asking that members assume the best of intentions when reading posts by other members. This is a cake site, it should be fun, it is something everyone is passionate about. Just try to remember that when interacting with others. Everyone, no matter how long they have been here, should feel welcome and supported and should return that same level of respect.