I’m not certain this is the best forum for this. But it’s a place to start.
I was absent from the boards for 2-1/2 years and returned just before the cutover to Discourse in June. So despite being a long-time high-volume user here, I was/am out of touch with the board’s current “culture” as of early 2020.
Now with 6-8 weeks of daily heavy use under my belt I can summarize what I see as the cultural changes between 2+ years ago vs. now:
A larger number of one sentence tit-for-tat dialog type posts. e.g. Poster A posts 3 paragraphs and poster B posts a 1 sentence disagreement in the form of an ambiguous question. Or equally, a post that’s little more than a “Like”. This behavior is not restricted to newbies, but is more common amongst them.
Many newbies seem to be arriving to act as single-issue threadshitters. Or as something close to concern trolls. They’re all transmit and near-zero receive. It’s not a conversation.
- Are my perceptions accurate?
- Is this new since Discourse or has this shift been ongoing for the last couple years?
- If new, is Discourse itself triggering or amplifying the effects? Does the Discourse platform somehow advertise us to outsiders?
- If old, any idea of causes? I’d bet on more folks on phones vs desktops and more used to TwitFace-style interactions.
- Is threadshitting more common now? Or if not bona fide threadshits at least posts that amount to nothing more than “Neener neener you’re wrong!!1!”
- Does TPTB have any interest in trying to manage the adverse consequences of these changes? Assuming they are changes.