I saw a number of them, and many of them could have been left out and were worthless (in other words, they DIDN'T contribute to the site, but made it rather annoying at times). There's a fine line between contributing much and excessive post whoring.
No it won't... most of the good people from Old NS are long gone. Jay is a perfect example. And people like heath, who are essentially noobs with gigantic post counts, are in instead. I'm pessimistic on this one.
If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it is that you can kill anyone.