Having been a regular/semi-regular poster here for over 2 decades, I’ve seen distinct trends in the personality and culture of this little community. It’s ebbed and flowed.
Have you perused the ATMB forum lately? There is unique shift recently in the moderation and the manner in which we interact with each other. It’s easy to seek out and quickly assign root causes to this shift…political leaning of the board in response to current political climate of the society at large; relatively new crop of moderators letting their own personal agenda cloud their moderation; certain membership base actively pushing back against this; etc. etc.
Those of you that fit into these categories know who you are. The majority of us here that have been around here since the beginning or damn near close and the majority of those that have joined along the way and stayed around, just want the problem kids to chill the fuck out!
We enjoy having a place where we can ask questions about things we aren’t sure about and getting an answer in about 2 minutes from those of us that know the answers.
We like having a place to engage in philosophical discussions and enjoy hearing others points of view…and for which it’s not always about winning.
We think it’s cool to have a place where we can discuss current events and share our opinions on why certain things/people/etc. happen the way they do.
We also like to discuss movies, books, food, television, etc. and learn what other people might like or not like.
Those of you that believe there needs to be a culture shift here…flame away! Otherwise let’s not kill what’s been a great place for many of us.