I have just gotten relicensed after being off the air for 50 years and I am astonished at one significant difference, the abysmal lack of courtesy in trying to contact DX stations.
Back in 1951, band conditions weren't that good, there weren't as many hams on the air, and the equipment that most of us had wasn't as good as today so, while there was DXCC, it didn't create the competitive frenzy that I hear today. Perhaps I was a naive 14 year old kid, but we never had pile ups and I still managed to rack up 37 countries in one year with my modest rig. And we actually used to have ragchews with DX stations that were more interested in "communication" than saying "5nn, TU."
I've only been on the air on 40 m since early February with a 2 watt QRP rig so I am not a serious DX'er, although I have one - VP2M - to my credit. But I sure can hear what goes on at the lower end of the band! What is astonishing is that when the DX station itself tries to create a little order out of the chaos - like "#1 only" - it doesn't seem to deter the non-1 segment that keeps pounding away.
Has the DX community resigned itself to this or is it possible that we might all remember that this is a hobby, that it is supposed to be fun, and that we are supposed to act like ladies and gentlemen?
We can all take pride in our accomplishments, but that is a individual thing. Some people are just born "scorekeepers" whose behavior is, unfortunately, pandered to by the "I worked more than you did," mentality. Who actually thinks that someone else really cares how many countries they have worked. They don't care!
Longing for the good old days.