I seem to remember the time Planthead was a mod and by the time he realised it and introduced himself, he wasn't one anymore...
EF will always be what EF makes itself. And that's down to the EFers.
I think the forums "work" as they are. Advertising has been added. There might be some feature-rich areas added.
But it's just a virtual place on the Internerd. If it diverts from the core values associated with your reasons for coming then you won't come. And they know that.
So in the end, everything and nothing will change.
That's what Ian told me last night.