My 2 cents are that maybe people got sick of repeating the same advice to swarms of people. It seems like the search for advice is pretty much the same, and so the "elders" post and repost the same pointers. Few people bother to look through other gear lists and posts, maybe because of the site, maybe because they're lazy, but the advice given on gear lists is often the same: carry less stuff, find lighter big 3/4, and take a good, hard look at your perspective about comfort.
I also think there's a reflection of people relaxing about being hardcore about cutting weight. But burn out on the same thing over and over can get to anyone.