How's it going?
" Haha.. oh god, I'm on NeoGAF 24/7, a member of any number of defense forces and may or may not have been a member of the Snowglobe Clique. I also sport this angry guy avatar that a Junior tried to steal about 3 weeks ago. He is no longer with us :) "Poor junior :(
I don't think the community is as static as you make it out to be. It's just that new members come in only every half year or so. Probably because it would be a cesspool otherwise (see Gametrailers forums, for example).
You have to keep in mind that it's really not the job of the mods to keep the place clean, they do it not because of monetary motivations, but because of other reasons. If there were like 500k users on GAF, that would probably not work out. If they wouldn't ban harshly now and then, it also might not work out.
I think a lot of people mystify the place unnecessarily. It's really just a gaming forum, new members have to be approved, juniors can't post new threads and mods like to ban jerks because of the sum of evil they have done, not because of a singular event.
That really works out for the majority of users. It's no elite or whatever, we're random dudes from all over the world, just as anywhere else.
That, and there's some crazy, crazy meltdowns on occasion. And insanely funny GIF posting orgies.
I enjoy GAF a lot.