I agree with this 100%!!!
This has always been and always will be a multi-tiered community. The entire reason that the BB Admins can make this decision for us without us having recourse shows that the real tiers are the same they always have been, the people that run the site and the members. Problem is we created a third tier, our community. This isn't just a site, or another blog i randomly comment on, it is an online family.
Giving the regular members who invest a lot of their time in forming a community a small stake in the community they are forming and a small place they can call their own is a good thing for a healthy community. It helps them be invested. I think that was the issue though, the middle tier allowed us to form a REAL COMMUNITY, which for better or worse has gained momentum while the main site drivers have been slowly decreasing in momentum. Most of us spend far more time talking with each other here then we do on the main site. Not saying that is the conscious reason, but I think destroying the regulars community commons that we built and created together as regulars is the wrong choice.
It feels to me like the city officials coming in and plowing over a community garden, which had sprung up in an empty lot via the hard work of many people wanting to create a better community, just because it isn't zoned and regulated properly. Sure the notice was posted on the fence just before the dozers came in, but that doesn't make me less sad for the loss.
That is just my opinion as a long time member and regular, which i guess doesn't carry any more weight then some newly minted account now.