You’re a regular and you’ve been here longer than I, but I’ll word it so that anybody reading this can understand. You have some good points, but I disagree as a whole.
This forum was originally intended to only allow access to about 2% of developers who applied to the developer forum. You would be manually reviewed to see if you qualified. The discussions here were mature and on-topic, and people didn’t say anything unless they had something noteworthy to say. This forum, somewhat opposite of today, was low volume (i.e. a few posts per day) but had a very high information density. It helped too of course that the kind of people they let in didn’t usually need help with simple things.
They’ve obviously made the forums public, but they’ve tried to keep at least a reasonable level of mature discussion. To you it might seem like discouragement, but it’s hugely generous to have opened the forums up like this.
A lot of things don’t need to be said in public places. We’re all guilty of mistakes and off-topic interaction, but ideally conversations should be intelligent and focused, and anything that doesn’t add or request information should not be said outside of the lounge. The lounge of course is still locked to higher forum ranks so that it doesn’t become an excuse to post nonsense. There are those of us who feel the lounge should just be deleted.
It will certainly be discouraging to new forum users, but this forum was never built to accommodate people who don’t read the rules of the forums they post in. It has been made to be lenient with people in a way most forums are not; I have seen plenty of forums which would hand out bans for not following posting guidelines. Here it’s just a warning.
I do think topics should be moved rather than deleted, and they are in most cases. This forum though has become a haven for duplicate posts and people who haven’t bothered to do their own research before posting. It’s always been plain that Roblox moderation isn’t up to the task of flawlessly moderating several million gremelins who sign up for free, and that applies here as well. You remember what the old forums were like? Moderators were stretched thinner than they are here. The guidelines are strict, the punishments are not. I honestly think the developer forum is better managed than any other parts of Roblox.