I'm also a fairly new member here as well. I'm not so concerned with the lack of the gear store, pod casts, etc, but i've seen comments from older members about the vibe and culture of the forums that has changed, which is what i wish might change back some more.
From what i've heard, back in the earlier days, BPL and more of the members active then, had a much more pioneering, out of the box, experimental, multi-discipline, and progressive approach, vibe, and mindset's. I'm not saying that there isn't any of that here anymore, but these folks made it sound like it was more common and pervasive in the earlier days.
Dare i say, it's become more conventional, mainstream, and less open minded as a trend, but i would still say it's better than most other forums i've seen in those areas and still has a strong myog presence. And also, in some ways, it's probably become more practical, grounded and less extreme, so there is a give and take and balancing there.
Well, things tend to go in cycles, who knows, maybe BPL will again change back some, or some other forum arise that offers a more expanded experience.