When I first got onto SSD, the site was teeming with audio post professionals who finally had a place to ask questions and share information. The quality of the answers provided were very high because we had a bunch of guys with experience richer than the rest of the lot combined. Tim Prebble and Stavrovsound were so involved dispensing advice and answers and its the biggest lost to sound.se that these guys left. I can honestly say that in one of the questions on dialogue editing that Stavrovsound replied, well that answer was pure gold for anyone doing dialogue editing. It was clearer and more succinct than John Purcell's book. That question was lost some time back, I reckon he might have deleted it to save it for a book deal, but to lose him contributing to the site, that is a shame and one of the reasons why this site is not doing as well.
To be honest, I never understood why there was a need to gain larger numbers. I really don't think there are that many professional sound editors out there, and not all of them are on this site. But hopefully they will. The quality of the members on this forum has dropped, judging from the questions and answers.
My suggestion for getting back to what SSE was, is to focus on professionals and leave enthusiast out. They are welcomed to join, but they should know that this is primarily a professional site, and not something for hobbyists. I reckon what used to deter people from posting irrelevant questions on SSD was when they read the other questions, the depth of the general answers would require a certain amount of competency in audio post production.
The moderators will have to do heavy policing because we've lost the exclusivity of the site. Moderate all the questions for a month or so. All new questions won't appear on the forum till approved by a moderator. It doesn't matter how long it takes to be honest. On SSE, we could go a week without a new question, but that meant more people would chime in on the old questions.
If the site moves towards Tim's vision, then I guess the broader scope of sound design would be less appealing to me. I understand that the site needs to be able to sustain but it also means that I won't be able to get the support and information I want from a specific group of people.
So for now, I think I'll give this forum a rest and move on to the other communities like the sound collectors club.