I think you have made some really good pionts. I like these kind of forums simply because of the fact that we don't have the "rivet counters". They won't come here because there is nothing for them to pick apart, and it wouldn't be tolerated for very long if they did. I really appreciate a place like this.
I disagree with merging the two forums. I think both serve a needed purpose. Sure, we are slowing down a bit here, but for me it's because I've run out of promos. I'll add more periodically, but not like I would if they were kits. I have a few more die cast cars, and I will exhaust my supply of those that qualify to be posted here, before much longer also. I think it was Ronnie who has his promos stored elsewhere, and will be posting them as he can. Sounds like he has a bunch to put on here, so that's something to look forward to. A lot of promos and die casts from 1981 up aren't retro items, and wouldn't fit the guidelines.
I joined this forum and the Retro forum because they suit me the best. The Retro forum gives me the opportunity to share models the way I prefer to build them nowdays, with some of the like-minded people. This forum is the same way, as far as stock builds go.
I don't care for super-detailing models anymore (not that I can't do it), because it's quite time-consuming. And, as they sit in my display case, nobody else sees them but me. This way, I can get more models from my stash built, and I don't have to spend all that time doing them. I've found that after spending all that time on a model, unless you are building it for a contest, nobody really cares all that much about all the stuff you don't see with the hood shut anyway.
I try to be respectful to others, and expect the same treatment back. I have no problem firing back at some jerk who doesn't respect the good folks who try hard, but aren't at the skill level that some are. That really discourages a new modeler, or someone who hasn't gotten to that certain skill level. That's what I like so well about these two sites. I haven't seen any of that crap, and don't expect I will either. I appreciate these two sites so much for the kind of places they are. I wouldn't change a thing, if it were me.