This is an interesting thread. If people are wringing their hands over what is happening at the WS, imagine what it's like at the Wine Advocate. I have been a member there for years. Ever since RP sold out there has been a revolving door of reviewers. I find someone I like then they go out and start their own site. Galioni and Dunnuck were the last two I really liked. The WA bulletin board used to be very vibrant and a great source of information. Now it's fading away. I used to see a dozen postings per day, now one or two.
The strength of the WS should be that it's not a cult of personality.