Maybe it's just the holidays along with less people sitting bored at work, but the threads around here seem to be going in a less controversial debate-like direction lately, at least when I have happened to pop in.
Interesting observation, Sean. Over the years since joining, and probably even more so before I joined, SP has had some very colorful, informative, obnoxious, controversial, eloquent, and belligerent members, many of whom no longer participate. Back then, SP was the only blog site I found worthy my time. Since then, we have all kinds of blogging sites. Facebook has exploded, there's Twitter, LinkIn, and more sites coming online everyday. WordPress is an open-ended platform allowing one to create their own blog! In this information revolution, sites like SP have become diluted. I think that is part of the reason why members don't take the time to get pulled into debates and controversy, they simply don't have the time! Is that a good thing? I'm not sure, myself. Life was certainly simpler back in the days of the typewriter. In the complexities of this information revolution, it seems to me the finer things in life are becoming diluted, including taking the time to make a stand for what one believes.