It's amazing how much talent some people have while others are......well, like me.
My greatest musical accomplishments are playing Mary had a Little Lamb on the flutaphone and being asked to leave a Karaoke bar after knocking over a speaker during a strong performance of Welcome to the Jungle. Those two things are independent of each other obviously.
i promise you both of those guys have logged thousands of hours practicing. i mean it's true that some people are musically inclined but it takes a lot of work to get that good.
it has it all-mother's basement references, you have no friends/you're a virgin, "yeah you're real tough hiding behind your computer screen" and then finally "goodbye huddle i'm not posting anymore just wanted to take this bee-atch to the mat"
I've pondered whether that would fly. My thought would be a one time membership fee (free to browse, pay to post) and then an additional monthly fee for the premium stuff if you want it.
It'd definitely put some bite behind the forum rules if you had to pay to rejoin. You likely wouldn't have the perpetual trolls still hanging around. Plus it'd cut down on the underage joiners.
the something awful forums have had a system like that for years and it's proven very successful. non-registered users can view threads but being able to post carries a one-time fee plus whatever extras you want. that site is also much more harsh on trolling/low quality posting than this one and the moderators don't hesitate to hand out suspensions and bans.