I don’t actually think I’m a good example per se, I’m a fairly recalcitrant individual that has had many unpleasant wars on these boards. But at least in the age of Trump where I turned my back on the GOP, I think some of the more vitriolic wars have fallen to the wayside.
This website, this forum, evolved out of a free newspaper in Chicago. Who reads free newspapers? Mostly really liberal people. Who lives in Chicago? Mostly really liberal people. The board was primed with lefties, and in its early days more and more lefties flocked here. Back in the days when Bricker was still here and some of my other conservative compatriots there would be threads hundreds of posts long about things relating to the Bush Administration that would be 2 or 3 of us arguing against 40 or 50 lefties.
Honestly I enjoyed it, and I think most of the time it was perfectly fine. I don’t think the board should strive for viewpoint neutrality, I think it’s fine that it’s a leftie board. I enjoy arguing with lefties much more than I do other conservatives.
If my experience in the thread you mention is indicative of anything, it may just be that there has been a trend in the last 5 years maybe a little longer, where the right and left on these boards quit having discussions. It just became massive condemnation fests and those are much less enjoyable to participate in, particularly in situations when one of the major weapons being used is the dog pilers snipping your posts, taking phrases out of context, trying to confuse the flow of discussion etc.
There have been a lot of dishonest and shitty conservative posters on these boards too, I’ve tried to not usually stray into that, but it’s worth acknowledging because not every conservative voice that has left has really been a detriment to the board.
I do think some of this is just society in 2021, most people don’t enjoy actually discussing something with a person who has a genuine difference of views than them.