Firstly, it doesn't matter that you are new to the forums - everybody is welcome
You make some good points. I'll try & answer some of them at least.
As my tag says, I am a game sage for Shaiya - so a lot of my answers will be slanted there.
Yes, the forums are huge.
And yes, the forum sages are spread too thinly to cover the whole lot - but hopefully that's where the in-game sages can help.
have forum moderation powers (nor should we), but we do
have contacts with the forum sages.
We can let them know when there are problems that need addressing.
Within the Shaiya portion of the web site I will do much of what you are suggesting.
I'll get offensive posts removed.
I'll point people to the right part of the forum if they post in the wrong place. Sometimes I will get the threads moved if they go too long.
I will ask people not to necro threads - and if it continues I'll get the threads locked.
Notice though that I'll only get the forum sages involved for the bigger problems. I have seen similar things from other Shaiya game sages too.
This does mean that there may be little problems - and quite often there are. Sometimes the Shaiya forums are a bit messy, but in my opinion it's not usually a big enough mess to really worry about.
If it does
become too messy then I will do something about it.
But we are quite fortunate in Shaiya - we have 3 or 4 game sages like me who spend quite a bit of time on the forums.
Other games may not be so lucky.
I don't know that I have an answer for those other games - perhaps you could make suggestions in the places you see as a big issue