It seems like every time we mention the Blender Model Repository here at BlenderNation, it's more bad news. That's why I'm so happy to bring you good news today straight from the fingers of Dion Moult, who is hosting and maintaining the latest iteration of the BMR.
The BMR has recently been going through an upgrading process since it has shifted from being forum-based. I am happy to announce several new features that should give visitors a pleasant and easy method to download models.
A new registration system has been added, with added security. This will eliminate ID theft. Finally, categories have been added, such as plants, humans, characters, and architecture. Thumbnails are now conveniently placed next to each submission on the viewing page, thus allowing the user to scan through before looking at the images in more detail. A submission reviewing system has also be added, which allows submissions to be checked before confirmed suitable for the world to see.
Of course, there is still work to be done, including a cleanup of older models and adding thumbnails to those which don't have any, but the BMR is definitely becoming a reliable, popular resource that everybody can use.
Sounds like you all should go visit the BMR and test out these new features today! While you're there, don't forget to upload some of your dusty old blend files that you don't mind sharing, and check out some of the other neat stuff on http://e2-productions.com.