posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 03:46 AM
I can't speak for anyone else, but my participation has been way down of late because I have a lot of irons in the fire. Been out of state, away from
home, reconning a good place for a last ditch, last stand, furiously trying to learn the operation of a couple of new computer programs, trying to put
a life back together, and a good old dose of forum fatigue.
My house was eaten by a tornado last Sunday, so when I get back home, I expect to be busy with odds and ends dealing with that.
Most of my contributions of late have been in a thread I started while away on this trip, as I find it to be in bad form to start a thread, and then
just walk off from it, so my participation elsewhere on the site has been diminished even a tad more on that account.
Regarding that renegade site, I've been keeping an eye on it, and over the past couple of weeks, it seems to have imploded due to some sort of
fraternal infighting. They ate each other's lunches, and it splintered. Not worth anyone's time to visit, but I suppose the members of it that are
still standing agree pretty well with one another, so it will turn into a mutual back-patting club of a much smaller group of folks than it started
Furthermore, any sort of human endeavor requiring co-operation will inevitably have lull periods in it, as members take breaks to stretch their legs
and what not. Fear not, it will pick back up again.
Another consideration is that threads and thread types will always rise and fall with events, In other words, folks who are slamming one area of a
forum will periodically move to another as events unfold, and input becomes more critical in the new area. For example, threads dealing with the war
in the middle east will take a hit when events like the recent insurance care legislation in DC occur, as a number of people see trouble closer to
home. They will naturally gravitate towards what most affects them. In that case, it's not a drop in contributions, and may actually be an increase
in contributions. It just changes to a different venue, and you can hear crickets chirping in the old thread area, while you wonder where everyone