It can't have escaped notice that some slipping in attention to details of entry, has occured in recent times.
For instance, the “check star” isn’t always being included, - I assume we do all bracket an estimate, with a fainter star than the one we're checking?
Rather suspect, is the procedure of nominating a threshold “comp star” to guesstimate that your star is so many tenths or a magnitude brighter or fainter. Better, just to give a “fainter than” in the case of a threshold sighting?
Some estimates must be referring to a non AAVSO chart, without giving the source.
Beyond these points, rests the idea that estimates provide interest and guidance for other observers. The loss of “Quick Look” is still to be regretted in this context. “Notes” are no longer up front...in the rare cases where these are even given. The prefixes “Y”; “V” etc, have largely fallen into disuse, too. All militating against communication..... “Aperture and Power”? Yes! Certainly a lost cause, that one.