Here's the thing for me, I log in and check out the posts, do a bit of lurking... but don't want to wade through 12 pages of posts before I'm able to comment on a topic for fear it's already been discussed. And then when I do make a post, and come back to the topic a few days later to find 5 more pages of posts to read through, most of it silly banter and inside jokes I really don't want to wade through (as hilarious as some of your are or seem to think you are)I just don't have the time. I do miss the "good ol' days" of knowing the majority of the posters well and being able to have ongoing discussions on one topic in great detail. For me it's just a case of life getting busier and not having the time/patience to go through a tone of posts to get to the gold that is most definitely still buried in these thar forums.
I know it's just "progress" and increasing numbers is not necisarily a bad thing. I just don't have the patience for it. There are too many crazy things going on in the world to read up on and spend time paying attention to lately that I can't find the interest to stay on one of these long threads for too long. But thats just me, and I suppose it's a good thing to have more voices. I just wish we could have some sort of way of trimming the bullshit a bit. Like, if you want to have a personal conversation with someone, don't use a thread as your forum, use a primate message if it only applies to you and your forum buddy. if it's something everyone would be interested in then post away. No way of policing this I know because what people think others would be interested is obviously extremely subjective.
To me, it's quality over quantity. And we've had lots of quantity lately. Quality is in there, just getting a bit harder to find.
Not that there's anything wrong with aimless banter, people are free to discuss anything and everything they want to with each other, in the right time and place. This site didn't used to be that place. Whether thats a bad thing or not is... well up to Brian really. I think he does a fabulous job running this site, and is the main reason it's stayed as high-quality as it has over the years as other boards fail or become filled with flamewars (cdc style). If this helps drive site numbers and pay the bills, it's all good *Edit*
On the "pay-the-bills" theme, just a quick look at the top posters (people with the most posts) I looked at everyone with 75 posts or more, the only "MVP"s (people who donated to the site) are the ones who joined in 04/05 for the most part, with the exception of LotusBlossum
Not one that's come from "the migration" has become an MVP, or even people that are over 1000 posts from '08 onwards. unless I'm missing something... which is very possible. This was a hasty survey on my part! Consider contributing more than jibber-jabber! Not that donating is a requirement by any means, but I'm sure it is appreciated, and if you appreciate the hard work that goes in to making this site run, think about tossing in your $5. I know I probably owe Brian another installment, it's been awhile for me.