However, in both of these communities, there are huge noticable flaws. Now, let me allow to disassemble my thoughts of both of these communities and put them in quotes to make them easier to read:
SSRG: Everybody knows about this one. Especially it's one of the last resorts for people to come to who haven't been validated on Sonic Retro, to which I will come later. However, let's talk about the administration and staff...
Spanner and redhotsonic, both do their job very well. Though Spanner always searches for excuses in people's past. For example, Green Snake has improved in many ways. Spanner's excuse for Green Snake to still not come back to SSRG, was because ThomasSpeedrunner is registered on SGD. Seriously, what? What shitty excuse is this? Not that Green Snake cares that much about SSRG, but still personally it bothers me a bit.
Ayla... What does she even do in the staff group? She barely comes online and barely does anything. It's not that I don't like her. Infact, I like her very much, but she doesn't contribute anything to the administrative part on SSRG.
OrdosAlpha... the icing on the cake and the owner (and creator?) of SSRG. I don't know much about him, but from what I've seen it's enough for me. He barely posts on SSRG, except when someone breaks a rule. Then he comes out of the hole and bashes him hard, even threatening to ban the person.
nineko is a pretty cool guy. I like him and he does his job very well.
That said, let's move on with the discussion. Around 2008-2010 the forums were very active. People were having happy fun times together there, the staff was much better, etc you get the idea. It was the time when a lot of people were motivated making hacks.
Nowadays there are barely people making hacks. And if someone releases the hack, it will be that way (also applies to Retro):
Beginner hack: If a beginner releases his hack, a lot of people post in his thread bash him how shitty and noobish he is and how much his hack sucks. There were even some cases I've seen that people posted that he should stop and give up with hacking. No wonder why there are barely new hacks nowadays.....
Decent hack: If the average hacker releases something, the thread usually gets up to 3-8 replies and then nothing anymore. If people have known about it and/or have seen videos of it, it most likely gets no reply. Same thing if there's a new release of the hack.
Famous hack: People asskiss that person and tell him how awesome he and his hack are. 'nuff said.
Sonic Retro: I don't know much to write about this one, since I'm only lurking there sometimes despite being a member. Some of the SSRG stuff I wrote above applies to this once too. There's just too much serious discussion and everything is too tense in my opinion.
So, feel free to leave your opinions about these two or the community in here...