Re: OTC going down hill
There's a few issues at play here. One, most people (on earth) are idiots, a message board accentuates this truth as the patrons who choose to spend time here are a generally shitty slice of humanity (bored, boring, lonely, bitter, socially disconnected, disenfranchised, looking to take shit out on people, etc). Two, most people here are not themselves. They're either some sort of weird "gimmick", trying to be something they're not (or can't be in their real lives), or scared to represent their real voice for whatever reason. Three, the people who post the most are the worst posters.
I think you always hear "this board has gone downhill" because when you first start posting here (this was my first and only real message board experience, some of you may have been on or be on other boards and not share this sentiment) it's a fresh experience, you're sharing your perspective and getting back feedback you wouldn't get from conversations in your normal life. There's inevitably a pattern to the replies you get that over time are tiresome, agitating, and at times a depressing reality check on the state of humanity. It's also a hodgepodge of people from different places in life and that can be a recipe for poor communication. Love of basketball is the presumed common ground for all of us but that's far from enough to have their be a connection between most of us. So if it's not a valuable outlet for you, if you're just here out of habit or boredom, you should probably re-evaluate your free time. Otherwise just take your pants off and make the best of it.