You are right about the 5 years, this message was given years ago and the membership has simply failed to accept it. The bashing and grumpy old man syndrome was a problem that predated any involvement from VS as illustrated in this post from the original announcement.You are welcome to stick around and can talk to cranky old farts all you like - just as long as it's kept civil.
We are not trying to get rid of anyone. There's a lot of talent and knowledge here. We are just repeating, and now enforcing what this group was told FIVE YEARS AGO about forum participation and rules.
My ancestors were Danish immigrants, who were free settlers. Not that it is relevant to anything. If my ancestors were Redcoats, I would be proud of that heritage too.
All I can say to that is that what gets EMPHASIZED here is entirely dependent on you guys...the members here. We don't create a lot of content for here, and then ram it down your throats. We just make sure you have a functional place to share your stories, builds, and experiences. What gets posted and discussed here is from YOU. Personally, I don't much like the way you guys bash on new members. We all need to realize and accept the fact that 'cafe racers' are a resurgent trend among hipsters everywhere these days. (And I'm not much of a fan of hipsters, either). They're going to see the forum name, and gravitate here; and instead of trying to impress on them the heritage BEHIND this style, you beat them up, berate them for being fakes, and boot them out the door. That's not how this place is going to grow, or even likely survive. Just my thoughts, and occasional frustrations, with this group that you all deserve to hear from one of the Admins that's been here a few years.