Have been reading this thread over the last few days - I agree it's a shame that people are apprehensive about sharing their thoughts on here as much as they used to, and yes social media has inevitably played a part. However with the amount of people lurking in the background and checking out posts every day there's obviously still a need to discuss aspects of affiliate marketing on a day to day.
I've taken your feedback re: the posting of news articles - i've removed this from the lounge so it won't be posted here. We'll also do a vetting of promotional posts to ensure they are in the promotions section of the forum and not elsewhere and will update the new posts button.
Where the login issues are (still) arising - we've had about 5 different developers since we've switched the site and all have struggled to find a solution to the login problem - I've sat through hours of tech meetings trying to understand why it's happening, it works for some and not others. This has been put at the top of our tech guy's list to try and source a solution - however as this is such a webmaster related forum - if anyone can put me in contact with a vBulletin genius I will be happy to speak with them to get this sorted!