So do you feel like main RP should have no standards at all, or that free RP should require app approval?
Neither. Main roleplay having standards is what makes it so desirable, but Templar actually hit a key point of my own feelings: the "make the changes or go to FFA" is one of the main proponents of the negative stigma toward that area. Personally I feel as though a solution involving low-level staff members whose job solely revolves around making the Free-For-All area an amazing place to be would be wonderful, but it would be dependent on said effort from those individuals. Again, that would strengthen the link between staff and members, seeing that those who run the site want every area of the forum to be desirable, not relegated to tier lists of approval.