Yes! I definitely think it's a good idea to open up new registrations. Many of our new members have contributed an amazing amount but I know that there are more people out there who also would. I've been posting on a regular basis for well over a year now & I've seen people come & go. The people who stay here & contribute regularly are the ones that make this place what it is.
As for myspace, livejournal...you can make those private...friends only if you want to. You don't have to add everyone that requests you as a friend...I don't.
Same with scanning. If you don't want your scans all over the internet...then don't scan. The whole idea of scanning is to share with the community. I have rare images that I've scanned & I've enjoyed sharing them. What good is it to just hoard magazines in my apt? It makes me happy when I see someone request an edit or an image & I can scan & post it. Where else would I be able to share images with so many people? I'm grateful I have a place to post my scans with people that appreciate & engage in a discussion about them. I've posted my scans on other boards where people don't discuss much at all & I don't like it. I'm aware that some guests & also some of our members who don't post very often come to tFS to take info & scans freely for their blogs, etc & they don't always credit us which I don't like to see but that's just the way it is. We know who you are (especially the bloggers) I do appreciate it when people ask first & credit scans.
Like Andy said & I agree that the positives of adding new members would far outweigh the negatives. Our Mods do an excellent job of weeding out the bad seeds.
Whatever the decision I thank you for the opportunity to be heard
Love is what you want.