The advances in technology over the last few years have significantly blurred the idea of what a wooden coaster actually is.
15 years ago, all wooden coasters were exactly as they had been for the past 100 years. They were big, brutal and generally stuck to the same general layout. The attraction in this older generation lies in their raw simplicity, their rustic charm. Sure, they would throw you around a bit (some more so than others), but you would generally come off with a huge smile on your face - regardless of the bruises on your thighs.
This isn't everyone's cup of tea, by any means, but it's the general consensus among enthusiasts that some of these rides add up to more than the sum of their parts. For many, it's the brutality that makes them enjoyable, and basically gives them a character that could never be achieved by their steel cousins. It's almost as if they take on their own personalities, one that may vary dramatically from ride to ride.
This all changed, of course, when some of the names we may recognize today came onto the scene. Once Intamin came along with their laser fabrication techniques, wooden coaster construction was no-longer a case of sticking a few pieces of wood and steel together and fiddling them until they resembled the plans. Instead it became a case of precision engineering - which inevitably detracted from some of what I mentioned in the first two paragraphs.
This wasn't entirely negative, of course. Without such technology, we wouldn't have any of the world-renowned masterpieces we have today. The truth is that many modern woodies are simply great rides. Nothing more, nothing less. Very few steel coasters can claim the insane ejector airtime found on Intamin's towering pre-fab woodies. Nor can they replicate the sudden intense directional changes experienced on some of GG, CCI or GCI's best work.
I don't know exactly what your wooden coaster history is like, but I do know what I look for in a truly great ride, and I also know that my 4 favourite coasters of all time are wooden. I think that speaks for itself, to be honest.