Uh… not really. The previous system (manual post approval) failed and that’s why it was discontinued. Every topic and every reply had to be manually approved by someone before being “released to the wild”. We’re talking about real people sitting behind a computer reading topics and having to decide whether or not they should be posted. If you had enough approved topics, you could be promoted to a regular.
That’s fine in a small community, but the dev community has been growing much quicker than expected. You can’t go through each and every post manually anymore. Simply said, demand was higher than capacity.
Managing a community this large isn’t an easy task. The old system was replaced for a reason and they aren’t just going to put it back out of the blue. A new, thoroughly designed system needs to be developed instead. It should take all events (or as many as possible) into account, which the old post approval definitely did not. I’m a member too, I know that it can be restrictive, and I know it’s unfair that we can’t just level up. You need to feel some sort of empathy towards the people managing the forum and understand that not everything – especially a system which influences the overall functioning of the forum – can be accomplished easily.
In summary: The old system flopped because it was slow, inefficient, put unnecessary tension on people who were doing it, and unfit for a community which is growing day by day.