Post by Drifter on Jan 2, 2016 0:00:01 GMT
Hi jakobscalpel ...
My suspicion is the forum is less active (if true) because the case looks like a tree in late autumn. A few last leaves of clues/hope/speculation might still be holding on, but all the other leaves have fallen and with nothing to show for it but another year gone. Previous years provided some LE releases, books, and other items of interest. They led nowhere. Currently we have nothing but speculation of an increasingly tenuous nature, which is a little like drinking used dishwater.
Actually, our forum here is no less active now that it was a year or two years ago. There may seem to be less activity for many reasons, one of which you mentioned.
Another reason is that there are fewer "wars" between posters. Most posters don't like constant agitation caused by two posters getting into personal arguments about some facet of this case. Those heated arguments give the illusion of activity. If a poster just cannot respect a difference of opinion about the case, and continues to insult another poster, then after a time that poster is let go, or banned. And Proboards allows us to ban someone permanently or temporarily.
"Less activity" translates to fewer disruptive arguments; ergo, a more tranquil environment. Differences of opinion about the case are always allowed, though a few posters will try to twist that statement around in an attempt to make a moderator look bad.
Posters who have been around since the forum began know how awful the old A&E board became, and how difficult it was to maintain any kind of serious discussion, due to the trolls; that board had no moderator. Newer posters have no recollection of that message board.
As I have said many times, we have a good group here. Almost everyone respects both the rules and other posters. But we do get the occasional dimwit who thinks he or she knows-it-all.