Everything was better before everything became political.
I joined Rig-Talk back in '06 or '07. It's now changed management twice, the BBS software and logo are different, in essence it is no longer "Rig-Talk" in the sense that the Foo Fighters isn't Nirvana.
Some members initiated a new site, www.rigtalk.net, which uses the old software and is a reboot of the original. So there is an option if you'd like the old-school vibe.