I suppose mainly it is the same questions, concerns, interests, problems, excitements that get exercised again and again, often simply because someone else comes up with it, but that is rather inevitable at least on the hifi and streaming forums given the nature of the forum and that it is the go-to place when people want help or information or just to discuss something of interest that is hifi related. Consequentially it is also probably inevitable that after having in some cases contributed N number of permutations of the same responses tailored to each new occurrence, people sooner or later may start to feel they’ve had enough of going round on what might seem like circles, even though it is usually a new varient of the theme, and that said people may drift away, either for a short or long time or permanently, resulting in gradual ongoing evolving of the active contributors.
Whether that is the forum getting tired is another matter - I would interpret tiredness as being fewer and fewer people participating, rather than evolving active participants, and fewer new topics, but I’m not sure that is the case. However topics do change: while at one time there would have been a glut of people trying to find out how to get into streaming or fix network problems, it is perhaps inevitable that the proportion of streaming newbies will reduce as more poeple are now doing it, so the topics shift. Maybe at the moment thare is a bit of an increase in the number of people wanting advice on starting or re-starting with vinyl, perhaps a predictable consequence of it having become more fashionable.
Meanwhile Naim’s product line evolves, and that provides no end of genuinely new topics, if unfortunately recently perhaps rather more negatively than hitherto because of the problems that surrounded them.
And it is interesting in some cases to see individual members’ systems and contributions evolve, as they pursue journeys that some seem to do deliberately but others seemingly almost without realising.
As for the padded cell, well what happens there depends on the whim of members, and with Brexit being the biggest single and still ongoing thing affecting the British economy and politics its longevity is perhaps hardly surprising, but if not interested one can simply ignore it, meawhile the ‘what are you listening to’ goes from strength to strength, albeit sadly with rather limited response to the second part of its name.
my own impression: some days the forum seems a bit dull and lifeless, on other days overly excitable and lively. A bit like the human participants, perhaps?
Now, where was I? Oh yes, Zzzzzzzzzzz....