No flaming intended.
One of my thoughts on things like this is to figure out what is different, between then and now. Some of the people are different. More of the information has been available for longer and organized so it is readily available to new folks. But I think one of the many "smoking guns" you'll find in figuring out why, is that epic has grown since then. Most answers are available to folks without even having to ask; just search. New members are more prone to ask than search for a few reasons.
Boots and boot fitting seem to have come a long way with what is available/needed.
But I think that many of us post so intensely about boots, so the person doesn't make the same mistake we ( I ) did. It has been stated and understood that skiing the best ski for you on poor fitting too big boots will make you miss what the ski can give you. You might even not like the ski when the issue is really the boots. My boots are 2 sizes smaller than when I first joined epic and much of that reason is because it was pointed out to me. Wish I had that information before I tore my acl (steep terrain + backseat + big boots = torn acl).
I'm getting ready to get new boots (appt with the fitter next Sat ) because even though my boots fit perfectly, I finally figured out they don't fit "me and my skiing" perfectly and despite all the hype, they have some serious design flaws. If they didn't, they wouldn't have changed them so significantly.
People think of ski boots as they do work boots or snow boots; are my feel warm and dry and do they look cool. People think of skis as the thing that will be the game changer. What everyone should be thinking of with regard to boots is that it is a tool. When I was SCUBA diving, I would research Buoyancy Control Devices (BCD) relentlessly because I knew how important is was. I've spent countless hours research different tools for my shop because I wanted to buy what I needed to get my work done. The first pair of ski boots I bought because they were on clearance and I couldn't find a cheaper deal.
Saturday I'll spend close to 6 hours on the road and will probably be spending $$$ on boots and fitting and not really caring. I know the person doing the fitting is a stand up guy and as long as I give him accurate info, I'll have the right tool for my skiing. I'll be able to ski all of my different pairs of skis better because of it.
The frustration a "good" fitter can negate is incredible. Pain goes away, feet are warm but more than anything, you have better control of your skis.
I know lots of people that don't get fitted for their boots and they ski remarkably. Good for them. Many of them also complain about pain and take their boots of at lunch so the blood will flow and they don't loose another nail.
If a person only wants to know what skis they should buy, they should ask someone that only sells skis. If you want to not pay for the answer to a question, you get what the internet gives you. If you don't get the answer you want, keep asking until you do.
I think if someone starts a thread stating they are new to it all, we owe to them to find out if they understand how important properly fitting boots are. For some, they don't miss what they never had. I didn't know how much I needed a cell phone until I got one. Now it doesn't leave my side.