I’ve decided to leave the Straight Dope. This board used to be a fun place where ignorance was fought and entertaining, intelligent discussions took place. Nowadays, it seems like we have the same discussions over and over, and people seem to be much less friendly than they used to be. I visit the SDMB mainly out of habit and routine, rather than because I enjoy it, and the experience is frustrating, not amusing or satisfying.
Also, I can’t stand how one-sided the politics of this board have become. The SDMB has always leaned toward the left, but there used to be a real diversity of opinions here, and the type of enlightening discussions that accompanied such a diversity. Nowadays, anyone who leans conservatively gets treated like shit, until they finally get fed up and leave. I’ve resisted leaving out of pure stubbornness, but I know that my kind isn’t wanted here, and since the I don’t really get any enjoyment out of the place any more, it’s time for me to pack it up.
I’m a married man now, and within the next year my wife and I hope to have a family, so I’m not really going to have much time to spend on this board anyway. My internet usage is probably going to consist mainly of light entertainment.
Take care, everybody.