I don't post really frequently on the site, but I do read it a lot. For the most part, I find the conversations to be pretty interesting. Sometimes there are topics that don't resonate with me, but that is always going to happen on an internet discussion forum.
For the first time in ages, I spent an hour or so looking at a current affairs forum I used to spend some time on and remembered what a wasteful, hateful place it is. Nearly every thread ends up in petty, personal name-calling. The place is full of trolls, paid posters, people with multiple pseudonyms, and posters that are banned repeatedly only to pop up under new names.
The forum recently required a Facebook login to comment on stories and it has helped clean up the vile nature of the "story comments," but the forum is still a cesspool. I don't want to give up my anonymity to post on a forum, but I do like having a civil place to post. If you don't have your personal integrity or a paid membership to lose (i.e., skin in the game), it is easy to fall into the trap of being able to say anything to anyone because it is anonymous. And if you get booted, you just change your sign-in name and continue.
There are a few civil people there that I hope become members here. I'll reach out to them before I have my ID deleted. I appreciate this place today more than ever. It was Rob's pitch that got me to join. Thanks Rob!