zett - 9:39 pm on May 27, 2010 (gmt 0)
Great post, cornwall, expressing exactly my feelings.
I too feel that the way Brett was asking for "feedback" sounds desperate, probably caused by a massive user drain (impacting the financials). I too feel that the site is somehow broken, and I too feel that the way the TOS are being used is probably the reason for the drain.
Maybe the site is indeed close to reaching its end-of-life like any other product will reach it at some point in time?
Looking at "services" like Facebook, Twitter and countless off-the-shelf Q&A forums I can't help the feeling that in general discussion has detoriated on the web. People simply can not express themselves properly any longer. Those who seek answers often do not know the meaning of "sharing" or "giving" or even "asking politely"; they EXPECT answers. And naturally those who could provide meaningful answers get bored and annoyed and finally leave the site.
A downward spiral that is quite difficult to break.