Post by firstname.lastname@example.org
I lost Frank and my daughter and was causative in ruining this group.
You give yourself too much credit.
In my opinion, the decline of this group -- and Usenet as a whole -- is
primarily due to a lack of new users. If no one is sparking debate, a
forum is bound to slowly dry up, whether it be moderated or not.
When Usenet was the only game in town, it got plenty of fresh faces. But
when places like reddit appeared, the majority of users went there. And
now all that remains of Usenet is the mentally ill and a few that fondly
remember previous times here.
Anyone that is attached to this group such that they feel that someone
else ruined it has entirely missed the point of the substantive
conversations that did occur here.
It was beautiful to watch the birth of the internet, just as it's a
pleasure to watch the birth of cryptocurrencies. Who knows, maybe other
distributed systems will also take off. But anyone who thinks that these
things are going to somehow irreversibly empower the masses has
forgotten that the few rule the many. They always have and they always will.