I am a nOOb on this site, so please take my comments as those of a nOOb.
Rant "forum" - no thanks. This is a site for Maya users and as such is currently very Maya focused. It would be a shame to lose this focus while there are a million-and-one forums on the net for ranting, trolling, spamming and so on.
Censorship - If a topic is clearly getting out of hand (example the recent "Points" discussion), I think its a good idea to close it down. Why fill the servers, the mods time, and our search results with garbage?
Points - I like the points system immensely. As a Maya nOOb, it encourages me to download only the tuts that I need. The quality of tuts on this site is outstanding and I'm more than happy to pay a few quid for them.
Links to other sites - if linking off to other sites with tutorials would threaten the sustainability of this site, then I have no problem with restricting these "outside links". We all know how to use Google, right?
Just one question: Reading through some older posts, I see there was a "How I did this" forum. Does this still exist?
That'll do donkey... that'll do...