Huh, in all the categories you listed, I've seen nothing but nice.
In a couple of others, things do get heated at times, but a thread can be ignored.
Personally, I never enter a thread started by one of the new trolls, and if I enter a thread where folks are arguing with one of those trolls, I leave and don't go back.
I think most folks do the same.
That's my opinion only, YMMV
That is a good analysis. That's essentially what got me out of here.
My take on it is that two major factors have dropped my participation to near zero:
1) I used to enjoy the politics and a couple of other non-outdoor forums here because there was a group of like minded people that made thoughtful posts, and we were bouncing ideas off of each other. It was worthwhile because I gained new perspectives. Of particular value was that it helped me understand what other people like me think about the issues of the day. Now, the number of such posts has dropped below the critical mass that keeps me engaged.
2) The politics forum lost appeal when it stopped being a forum for exchanging conservative minded ideas and perceptions, and switched to being adversarial exchanges in typical low value political bickering. To put a finer point on it, posts by thoughtful people like NWbear and Guzzi contributed to the mix by adding a more left leaning perspective that was worthy of attention. The trolls (micronuts and calienturd sp?) redefined discourse on that forum so that it now reads like the typical adversarial political hacking found on unmoderated comments in places like Daily Mail and Fox News stories. It serves no constructive purpose. Not as far as I'm concerned, anyway.
I just popped in to take a look this morning, and I'm guessing I haven't made any posts in quite a while. Like somebody else in this thread said about themselves, I used to post quite a bit to keep things interesting, but I don't have time for that anymore. Actually, I do have time for it, but I'd rather do other things.