A long time ago:
There was only 1 non-pvp server (excluding golden valley).
Uniques were truly unique. There was only 1 on the server and they didn't respawn.
There was only one type of dragon that dropped scale, the Red Dragon.
There was no such thing as bones, skull or tomes.
Scale/Drake was butchered from the corpse in several lump chunks and you couldn't really split it to give to everyone.
Back then, public slayings were common and most people were happy just for a chance to attend a slaying for the title and experience.
Nowadays people fight over ownership of a unique, the distribution of loot and not being included in fights and we have alliances on servers creating rules forbidding members from attending the slayings of "outsiders". It's not right.
If anything comes out of this thread, it should be the return to some of the old ways where slayings were a public community event that brought people together and happiness ensued.