Or you could just look up new members yourself in the 'profiles' tab. Not that difficult.
As for the VF art thing Jet mentioned...how in the hell do you moderate that so there isn't some 50 submissions every 2 seconds so everyone can see, comment, thumbs up, or shit on it? Deviantart is made for that stuff. I thought this was for social networking. I submit poetry all the time and get nothing on this site anymore. I know changes are sometimes nice but you can't do much before people get irritated and people lose touch of what they came here for in the first place which if finding other freaky deeky friends across the globe.