Yes, this place has needed mods for a long time. This place has gone from the best forum I was on to one of the worst. I know people want different things from a forum and I joined a motorcycle forum to talk about bikes, but the amount of thread jacking talking about BS I see is unbelievable, I don't want to have to sift through pages of BS when someone asks a question to see whats already been said. I also don't like some of the abuse people get for asking a common question, there is no need for the first ten or so reply's to a thread about tyres or oil to be giving them shit for not using the search function, most of the time they are new members and 9 out of 10 times they don't come back. There are a few other little niggling issues such as not being able to deal with trolls effectively, but if things don't change I know I won't be hanging around much longer.
This is exactly the mindset that has chased off all of our previous veteran members.
What you are realistically going to see is that half of the forum won't support mods because when they came around it was already a free-for all and half of them are part of the problem.
The other half of the forum, the veterans, like myself, Raized, Steve and a few others (we are talking more than 2 years ago) are going to be in support of mods because we knew this place when it was moderated and useful. I never new this forum to be a police state. I never new this forum to be a place where people came on and were disrespected by rampant threadjacking and bullshit until the change of ownership took place. What it was, was a place where there were a few moderators, and an administrator who were all active, knowledgeable and still had a sense of humor. It took quite a bit to get banned.
Honestly, I recognize that there are cultural changes that take place. It is possible that what this forum IS is a result of the new generation of riders and that mentality, if that is the case then I can respect any changes that come about but it doesn't mean that I will stay and participate. Most of the folks that I respect on here are friends of mine on Facebook or in real life so I really don't need anything from here but I would LIKE to see it restored.
I'm not a fan of banning people, but the place has been in DIRE need of someone to lock threads when they get ouf of hand or to move and sticky valuable threads. Maybe someone to open up a new forum that way it can keep things running smoothly and on-topic... and accommodating to the diversity that comes about.
I would't even know where to begin but I will say that I've seen this place moderated and NOT moderated and I firmly believe that it can be moderated without being this tyrannical state that everyone fears it will.