Perhaps you're right on certain points. I even agree with some myself. Nonetheless, if the majority of people agreed with all of these, it would already be that way. Nearly all of the policies here have come directly from community majority or consensus discussion over the past 10 years. Probably the only exceptions are things that were not done due to technical or resource reasons. There are a number of policies in place that I don't agree with, but as they say 'majority rules', or 'the needs of the many outweigh the needs of a few'. The site was founded and flourished on attempting to balance with community majority consensus.
What is so damned 'sacred' about 'preserving the original archive' if it preserves all the worst aspects of the past rather than what the FOCUS should be on (the rom hack itself). We should not be so hardcore-focused on preserving the obtuse minutae and utility-wank of the past.
Nothing as far as RHDN is concerned. It's simply community majority consensus. That's a question you'd want your peers to answer for you. The majority of people don't want their stuff tampered with, and have been vocal about that throughout the years. This still appears to be the case today. Perhaps others will back your views and say otherwise, but that remains to be seen. Just the same as you're concerned about aliening visitors, also be concerned about aliening content creators. They both go together.
So, see what your peers think. I doubt the staff would have any objection on changing the policy if many in the community called for it with clear consensus. To All Regarding the Readme discussion:
We were very close to requiring readme files for all new hack and translation submissions a few years back. I'd love to see that. I direct you to resurrect this old topic:http://www.romhacking.net/forum/index.php/topic,9971.0.html
I think it was hung up on some of the details mentioned in the thread and dropped after no further activity.