Uhm, so I normally don't post outside of generic trade posts and stuff, but I'm with olympe here. I was a user of the original TAE/LAE thread and liked it very much.
I am currently using TJ's page sporadically, but it really doesn't feel the same at all, especially when I see people leaving messy commons and stuff on there. Not to mention the fact that it can be cheated, but that doesn't concern me quite as much as the quality of the eggs do.
The main thing about TJ's page is its impersonal nature. It's functional, but I also still feel a little hesitant about leaving nice eggs on there. There's also the fact that there's no "leave now, take later" clause that I took advantage of on the original TAE/LAE thread (within reason). And sometimes when I go to take an egg, the teleport link I'm given mysteriously has gone to someone else...?
As far as I can tell, the original TAE/LAE thread was shut down simply because of semantics and technicalities. Mods claimed it was being used for "trading", something I personally have not seen outside of literally maybe one or two people. When most people were asked to leave a dummy egg, they left dummy eggs. I used two-ways quite often on my more rare eggs, and I can guarantee with certainty that I was given dummies on them, like messy commons from the AP. One or two people abusing the rules does not mean that everyone else needs to suffer for it.
And the argument that "two-way trades are by definition trades" is just a semantic argument. Sure, by name, they're used for "trades". But functionally, in this case, they weren't. Calling two-ways "trades" simply for that reason is a shallow, semantic understanding of their functionality, and ultimately limits their potential. Besides, two-ways are being used on the departures thread and I don't see that one getting slammed for it - not that I think it should. I see absolutely no problem in leaving two-ways for gifting.
What semantics and technicalities do is limit the potential of the tools we're given to increase enjoyment on the site. And isn't that the point of sites like this to begin with - for people to have a good time?
So far, most of the arguments that have been offered against TAE/LAE thus far have been centered around these aforementioned technicalities. The other argument is that there were too many abuses of rules and call-outs, which became a hindrance for the mods. I can understand that. But as olympe said, I don't think that the thread itself should suffer just because members happen to be breaking its rules. The members who break the rules should be penalized for breaking the rules, not the thread.
The new TAE/LAE thread, I can safely say, is absolutely nothing like the old one. This is coming from someone who avidly used the old TAE/LAE one and was only able to use the new one once. Why was I only able to use the new one once? Because as has been mentioned here before, people snipe nice eggs from the new TAE/LAE the moment eggs are put up, so when time comes that I have something nice to leave, there's nothing nice for me to take. On the old TAE/LAE thread, because of the two-ways, randoms weren't just sniping stuff from the thread. I actually had the chance to take eggs from there too, instead of only leaving. The new TAE/LAE is just a glorified Departures thread with a clause that isn't even a rule, just an encouragement, to "maybe leave an egg".
As many other people have said, I firmly believe that the only way to have an actual TAE/LAE back is to allow two-ways. Arguments against usage of the two-ways are primarily semantic in nature, at least as far as I can see.
Honestly, I used the TAE/LAE for quite a while and I can only name a few times where I saw the rules being abused. The vast majority of people using that thread were just trying to have a good time and followed the rules that were on the thread.
Some folks are saying it's only a small handful who are "complaining", but I'm sure there are others who feel the same way - it's just a rather nerve-wracking experience to get involved in all this. (At least it was for me, since I don't really post much.) TAE/LAE meant a lot to a lot of people; it's just that not all of them are willing to post about it in this environment.