First of all, I whole heartedly agree with the conclusions from this discussion and the subsequent actions taken by Dia, Reedbeta, et al to alleviate the recruitment posting issues in these forums. Additionally, I think the downtime of GameDev.net has proved a huge testament to the success of this policy. There has been a large influx of new forum members as a result, and I have not seen a flooding of recruitment request when I click on the "New Posts" link. I'm probably not alone amongst regulars here who value their time and have better ways of spending it than sifting through such noise.
With that said, we have had the first major flame up over the policy in this thread. Now, I would say the poster was way out of line, but short of meriting banning just as Reedbeta has decided. However, I looked around the web site after reading that thread and must say eb_NY is right about the absence of clear forum rules. I know them from experience--and frankly, anyone should hang around a forum and see how things run before posting in the first place--but to a newcomer there is no obvious way of coming up to speed. Would anyone be willing to write up a summary of our house rules and sticky them into the forums?
Aside from that, I would say that most of the questions I've seen from new members (that may or may not be coming from GameDev.net) have been fairly positive. What do you think?