I would not want to exclude anyone but I do agree that the starry-eyed stuff gets old, particularly as a lot of the moderation, IMO, is to keep everybody happy, which is simply not possible. As a result, we get a watered-down site geared to the least common denominator.
The big thing for me, though, is the "new" format. It's just difficult to navigate with too many subfora, even (maybe especially) in Central. It's no longer possible to come in and just browse everything.