Not to start a flame war or anything, but if this turns into some sort of elitist club... I'm out.
Yeah, spambots should get what they deserve - and I know that's work nuking those accounts - but regular people shouldn't need to write an essay to join in. That's ridiculous.
Think back fifteen years (holy crap, I'm old): if I had come across this place and had to write any length essay... well... nope, bye. It's different now - I get it - but it's not that different, hopefully. That's the point right? We want what we had/have.
Maybe I need to drink a bunch and think about it then?