The largest reason for the seperation as I recall was to:
1) Incentive people to post something that is of value to the board (to gain rep)
2) disincentive people to post something that is not of value to the board (to lose rep)
3) Give posters a chance to learn the culture of the board in the Reds Live area and give the longer-term members of the board a place to retreat to if a large number of trolls descend on the board at one time.
I just can't see how this penalizes
anyone. If you want something (posting access to ORG) then Redszone is asking for something in return (content).
If you just want to lurk, you can do that. I just cannot see how anyone is "penalized" in this scenario. It'd be different if it was a pay site, it's not. Its a free site with voluntary participation.
The owners of the board have given the members of the board the ability to self police it. We continue to fail miserably at it.
This board is getting way too big to just assume that everyone will just show up and use "Redszone decorum". People need to be help the Mods to some degree in shaping the newcomers and letting them know what the expectations are. You don't have to go all Barney Fife on people by any means, but when you see posts that are out of hand and you don't give that person some Negative rep, you get and are getting the board you deserve
I can't believe the patience that the owners of the site display with the gardern variety knuckleheads that seem to show up on a monthly basis wondering why the site won't bend to their every need.