People don't seem to like discussing an old meta thread. Moreover, since members are always changing, I think it's meaningful to hear new members' opinions. Please notice that the members who participated in the old discussion may not be active members any more. So it's useless to expect their responses when you post opinions to them if that is the case.
EDIT(Aug. 20, 2013) I suggest that a near duplicate meta question be allowed under the following conditions.
The previous thread is at least 1 year old.
There is a link to the previous thread.