I rarely ever stop in here, anymore. The series of kerfuffles surrounding two or three notable and strong personalities here created so much animosity that it quickly became not worth the trouble. People would get all wound up at someone. If I reminded folks to use the handy "ignore" function, I got yelled at for just saying that.
I think controversy has always been present here. And thats natural. Its a public forum, and its populated by men, most of whom still have reasonable levels of Testosterone (joke - you're supposed to laugh).
When i first got here, i was on two forums. The other one, since closed/merged with another less active forum, was moderated by a really good guy. Great moderator, more important, great guy. I asked him why he didnt frequent HW, this was back in 2016. He told me that he felt like every time he made a post about
his successful surgery, and praising RALP as a great choice for certain guys, he was attacked, because there were so many pro-radiation guys here. So he left.
So i think there has always been controversy. Its not just recently I also think since the few bad actors left, its been way calmer here, so i dont think thats the reason for the lower activity level.
The TA thing, for those who've been around for a while, was a big deal, for sure. On some level, too bad we lost him, it was a big loss, in terms of valuable info. But we've got other guys here who are very competent, including one of the newer guys, who is a wealth of information. And the loss of TA on one hand was tough from a technical standpoint, but on another level, while we all (including me) wish it didnt happen, it has served to calm the waters.
I really think its in big part, a function of the times we live in (CV). Not much is going on in PC world.
Its also a function, of some long time, solid members, being around less often.
If we want this place to be what it was, and i think it will, it just ebbs and flows, we should all just contribute as much as we can, whether its opinion, encouragement, guidance, studies, whatever, and just avoid responding to controversial posts.