I think a lot of the public forum content generates traffic for the site, via google searches, maybe people sharing links etc... so I don't see that changing to members only content. You also have some guys that are members only for specific games and while they may not post in the forums, they may participate during games etc, and might need access to the forums for events etc... the other mods may be able to elaborate better on that, though.
Those guys that need access to the forums still need to post an "intro" thing anyway, unless those that are playing WoT are just letting people in without that? I don't really care, either way. :D
I'm not certain they all have an intro post, some are just friends of dads here and they just kind of join up. I really don't know though. I blocked all the WoT stuff on my feed
I have the WoT feed turned off and I'm heavily involved in WoT. :lolI manually look in the thread pretty often and see what is of interest.