Planted Tank Guru
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Huntington Beach, CA, USA
I guess I could drop my opinion in at this point. I'm totally guilty of not checking the intro section. Just never really occurred to me that it would seem unfriendly, etc. Kind of like walking into a room and making an announcement of being there? I just go in with the idea that I will drift around and see how it goes. No big deal either way. Sometimes when I walked into a bar, I had to hang out for a while before somebody said "Hi", other times, I left and was glad nobody had noticed me!
I see the drop off in forum activity as a direct result of the toxic environment created around the US elections. I had to almost pick and choose who to speak to on my street for a time! It may be easing a bit in some places but then it doesn't take long to find those folks who are ready to fight. Folks who really don't give a hoot one way or the other are now feeling threatened or empowered to threaten others.
None of that makes good sense, either in forums nor in the real world. I've changed my location on my login to avoid being pegged to the former location.