"I miss the days when Speakers Corner was busy and conspiracy theorists would come here to get wound-up."
Perhaps not so much 'conspriracy theorists, but more about people attempting to contribute their own opinions, then being shot down, usually with personal insults by some of those that know or think they alone have all the right and only answers?.
I'm a very rare visitor these days due to all the rules & regs, overall site speed and profusion of in-yer-face advertisements. Access via a mobile device is actually better for me, however there's more to life than this forum and I'm partaking elsewhere. Thx.
"Perhaps not so much 'conspriracy theorists, but more about people attempting to contribute their own opinions, then being shot down, usually with personal insults by some of those that know or think they alone have all the right and only answers?."
I've been hearing this 'shot down' thing for years - very often from you, and I've always wondered why some people seem to be so afraid of having their opinions challenged?
Personal insults are never allowed to stand in this forum without being dealt with by me - usually behind the scenes with the person doing the insulting. It's one of the reasons some people leave us - either they don't like being cautioned, or because I ban them.
When using a web-based discussion forum it's very important to understand that if you express an opinion on a subject you need to be prepared to defend it when it's challenged. You can't just say something sweeping like 'I think all drivers over 30 should be banned' and expect that your post will sit there without anyone picking it apart. The very nature of a discussion forum is that discussions will take place, and often they'll become quite heated.
If you aren't prepared to have someone contest your opinions you shouldn't be involved in a web forum. When I see an argument that is full of flaws and misinformation I want to question it, and by the same token I expect someone to do the same to me if I say something that can't stand up to scrutiny.