posted on Jan, 13 2013 @ 01:26 PM
I don't think you're wrong about the situation, maybe about losing the soul.
There's been a huge influx of new members, and obviously a changing demographic - we don't know how many 13 year olds are on this forum. So much of
what I've seen to be obviously challenging has been from newer members - these folks could be any age, but one fact is inescapable, that you've been
here (ATS) for years and are mature in your expectations. I've noticed quite a few formerly prolific posters aren't starting new threads often,
when they do the craftsmanship is obvious. Quality is being overrun by quantity in a rush to get something, anything out to the forum for discussion
and comment (or stars & flags).
One thing is the constant attention-seeking that seems evident using the "new topics firehose": there's a tremendous amount of cross-posting and
duplication among sub-forums, and mere rants appearing as breaking news, thread terminations, etc. As for myself, if I could ever get caught up with
ATS reading, I might have the mental space to start a thread about something - but as it currently exists, separating the wheat from the chaff is a
full time job for the readership.