Holy fuck you people.... Small rant incoming, dunno why I even bother, but here goes:
Watching chat on the side, I can't help but notice that there are significant downtimes in activity lately. However, there should not be downtimes, at least not nearly as long ones as these days.
That, however, would require you to actually stick around and WAIT for other people to appear / reply, instead of, you know, leaving after 2 minutes without a reply!
I lost count of the many people I've seen coming online in a "HERE I AM"-fashion, just to leave after not receiving a welcoming reaction within the next minute. Instead of talking or directly mentioning somebody from the online list, or simply WAITING for somebody else to arrive, they leave right away, crushing any hope for the next arrivals to start a conversation right away. Of course, those people won't stick around to post on the forum either. Some people even admit to NEVER check the forum at all - no wonder it has become slow as fuck, filled with either active trash or dead topics nobody wants to post on.
I really think this ties deeply into another issue I've been observing for months:
People only drop into chat for a quick blast of "fun", if you can even call it that, and leave right away when a real topic comes up. A quick surge of mindless chatter seems to be CL's prime export, which is sad, as many people ignore the forum in general, or at least quality-threads which try to discuss a subject rather than encourage imagedumps or memes.
The general trouble of CL users to commit to projects, group activities or similar makes me feel like this Community's future is bleak as fuck. You really cannot count on this Community sustaining itself through interesting topics, bonding activities or the urge to share experiences.
I have talked to multiple users, regulars in particular, who really WANT to have creative, inspiring and fulfilling discussions and activities with other people on here, yet realize that their efforts to start them, to even just gauge interest with a thread, will surely be wasted due to the Community's overall mentality and fear of commitment.
This doesn't even make me angry. It makes me feel disappointed and sad that this is all we seem to be at this point. There is a severe lack of unity of purpose and willingness to contribute to the CL project in this community.
What are your thoughts on the matter?