The forums is in an interesting spot right now where it’s quite active, but most topics tend to fall in the #gameplay-improvements section of the forums, and the ones that fall in #general-discussion end up being either questions, polls, or arguably low effort posts.
It sort of throws me for a bit when I see a bunch of new topics or topics that people have posted and which were bumped to the top, but none of them I really feel any interest in engaging with or replying to, simply because I either have nothing of interest to say or have no real opinion on the subject at hand.
I don’t know what’s changed though, the forums and the topics being made, or just the way I see the forums and the game in general. I feel like the topics are just less engaging, and are less divisive and debatable than before, but it could just me.
I really enjoyed the long, 100+ reply back and forth discussions because it gave me the ability to discuss points with others in great detail, constantly looking deeper and deeper. Nowadays, you don’t see it anymore. People just aren’t willing to debate as much about points that they assert. As soon as you press them on a point you disagree with, they either just don’t respond or they just say “you can have your opinion on the subject, and I can have mine, and we’ll leave it at that”.
What people fail to see is that debating our points is a way to build our own points by taking the arguments that are being sent towards you and either adding it to your idea or using points in your idea in creative ways that you might not have used them, or even considered them before.
To be honest though, it’s probably just me. I’m just so used to the long replies and the back and forths that led me to my original belief that the forums was all about high quality topics and discussion that the Discord just couldn’t host due to its fast-paced, sporadic nature. I don’t know how firmly I can assert that belief anymore.
Either way, that’s just a bit of a rant about my thoughts on the forums as of now.