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The shit is so whack there - the things that are expected and are said are absolutely outrageous. I used to be a B/S/T whore; I spent probably 95% of my NS time there. Now I spend next to none.
Its true that the mentality is gone, but NS itself has changed. Its no longer a tight knit community and we can't change that. Hell, I can't even claim to be part of the tight knit community - I'm member 90k or something.
Along with that expansion went the mentality. I think, unfortunately, that we on NS rely too heavily on the benevolance of our fellow skiers to hook us up - now that NS has expanded to encompass more people, the balance has shifted. I think that it is the new mentality that is "normal" - that people want to profit/get the most for what they have. It is, in my opinion, the old mentality that was out of the ordinary. It was special, that's what it was.
Unfortunately I think there have been maybe 30 bagillion threads on this - people know whats up, people know what's changed, and people know that sadly nothing will change it back to the way it was, aside from booting thousands of members from the site. A changing demographic is a fact of life. It works the same way in countries too - if politics change, so be it. You can either sit back and complain about the old days, like crusty, old-dog Soviets, or you can move on. It happens.
If NS can no longer be what it used to, then I guess we're outta luck. You'll have to find somewhere else to get a hookup, although I can safely say that they're are still gems that pop up in B/S/T...
(^that deal is nuts!)