I'm wading into the conversation late, as usual... I do not find the current forum based flea market to be bothersome.
Several of the "old" FM features that I miss are:
1) the thumbnail image that allowed you to visually identify an item (instead of having to read through each post.
2) IIRC, Member information was accessible, which allowed for a somewhat more confident purchase.
3) Multiple images (weren't there) As it stands now many sellers request that you contact them for return images... too cumbersome, and time consuming.
It's been so long, I forget. Were non-members allowed to post. ARE non-members allowed to post now? If so, why?