The crux of this thread seems to be "respect". Asking volunteers to respect newbies, but WordPress don't seem to respect the contributers much. How many times does a volunteer have to answer the same question before they get pissed off and don't bother contributing? How much is someones time worth?
If the answer given has to be "the officially sanctioned" solution and not just "a" solution, and their contribution is deleted....how long before they give up offering help? Given the fact that the volunteers on the forums are not paid for their time and efforts, nor are they trained with the same fact sheet, or have the same skills set....is it worth their hassle trying to help others?
By trying to bite the hand that feeds, you're not doing WordPress much good. As an experiment, why don't ALL the unpaid VOLUNTEERS stop helping for a few days, let the paid people answer all the questions....see how that goes.
On the redesign idea......if I have a question about AdSense, and at the time I need help, nobody has asked about AdSense in a couple of days...the tag cloud may not even show it. If I don't see it listed, I assume it's not there and ask.
In short, do you seriously expect respect when you offer none? It's pretty obvious that this is a young company which is built on community participation for support. It's also pretty obvious that parts of it are seriously flawed.