You've given this matter a concerning amount of thought and attention.
There's a reason I made the Jesus reference earlier. It's almost like a religious zealotry based on faith that lacking habitual dickheads is somehow a bad thing and those not part of the cult are a pox upon humanity. Meanwhile, questions are still answered and I certainly don't see people chasing others off when it's unwarranted. Not everyone needs to write short novels to get anything out of a forum, let alone post at all. If anything, it's a healthier environment when people can come and go without obligation, because the alternative seems to be, "Stay until we find your replacement or we're going doooooown!"
This is a cross-game site. If someone wants a dead set of forums, look to the Rift section. Yet, I know Trion's official boards are lively and the game itself is running healthily. People post there because they have things to talk about, for better (discussion about the Storm Legion expansion) or worse (nerf xyz because my abc isn't as good!). Threads get locked, some people banned. People whine about the trolls. The true contributors actually contribute. Fundamentally, that's no different than here, only the difference lies in volume.
There's only so many times we can explain how Abyssea lights work, what procs are, or other incidental nuances. Conversation can't happen much beyond explanation because there are not unknowns relative to the knowledge. Come Adoulin, we'll have people talking about quests/missions, DAT mines to drool over, how to unlock the new jobs and how they work, how the "exploration" system is going to work, and basically any other thing we can speculate about and dissect. Even of the old stuff, there is absolutely nothing stopping anyone who either doesn't know what they should be looking for or can't quite grasp info that's out there and are seeking clarity other than the fear of being perceived an idiot for not knowing something in such an old game with so much info there. And that's just being kind on the sentiment others had expressed. Some people do indeed learn more readily through discourse, and I welcome such, just as I'm sure others do, too. For now, Szabo's been pretty good about posting dev notes as they come up. That's about all we can ask for right now.
Funnily enough, I recall bitching about subjects that get brought up a lot, usually by new posters. Or older topics like RDM melee (We have a drinking game for that yet?). While my advice for such angry people then was to just ignore those posts, it does present an irony of a more active forum by virtue of more postings apparently not being a good thing, either. Inherently, I dislike the false activity +1 threads or senseless flame wars present. For the few that may thrive on resulting drama, others lose interest, make note of troublesome posters, avoid threads they start or post within, and basically find a possible hangout contaminated with the equivalent of internet litter. Fortunately, a forum isn't required to play FFXI or any MMO for that matter. They're supplements and should be stress-free fun of their own accord with people who share a similar hobby. Edited, Nov 13th 2012 4:43am by Seriha