I get that people have a history of not wanting to make things easy here but looking at it objectively, we lost a huge percentage of people with interest in the WT by requiring a very work like class, and then a lengthy leveling up procedure.
if the board wants traffic, if it wants to be a place people come for socialization and entertainment, I really think that all needs to change.
the more things are like a job the less people will want to hang out. It's a different world, and people use the internet differently than they used to.
we want to welcome new people who may only be familiar with a TV series, and we don't event know what that Tv series will be like yet.