It helps a lot. I have a problem with spotting irony in foreign languages, so I do appreciate the very straightforward explanation of your views. It doesn't come across as patronising at all, no worries.
Yes, you can link your BookCrossing account to Facebook now, if you so wish; I personally will do no such thing. On the other hand, it may be a nice way for Facebook-users to see what BookCrossing is about, and for members of both sites to spread the word about BC to their Facebook friends.
As long as I can still register and release books here, the way I've done for years, I will continue to do so, and use BookCrossing for what is still its primary purpose. It's what will always make BookCrossing different from all the social networking sites and book swapping sites out there. It's what I'm here for.
As for the wings: if you feel that yours were clipped too early, then by all means contact Support, as in my experience they'll be happy to check for you, and fix what needs fixing.
My concerns remain that the quiet users of BC are not being listened to.
It can't be easy, listening to someone who's quiet ;-)