About my thoughts on Free-for-All: FFA is whatever you want it to be in you mind. If you think of the place as a ghetto of undesirables locked out from the gated RP section, then that's what the place will be for you. If you think FFA is instead a place where off-the-wall & casual RP can occur without waiting forever for replies, that can also be your truth.
Just note: as a volunteer at Canterlot, I and my other colleagues take it upon ourselves to juggle the combined responsibilities of evaluating WoE character applications, roleplaying our characters, and performing miscellaneous tasks for the site..... all the while dealing with real-life junk. Our time is thus very limited, and so if we think there's an extremely little chance that an OC is a fit for our gated RP section, we won't hesitate to ask someone to make that character a FFA one instead so that we can bring our full attention towards other users patiently waiting to get their characters approved.
Say what you want about our OC placement suggestions at Canterlot..... but something tells me our opposite numbers at WTW will be faced with the same issues as well.