I think your nostalgia for the 'old A2K' only reflects you getting old and losing yourself in a falsely-imagined past.
Why thank you for those kind words!
Obviously senility is getting the better of me.
But I don't think it's just
I honestly think the quality of the discussions (minus the ongoing abuse & name calling) was often superior. And more people participated as a result. And fewer people gave up on attempting to participate. (As I mentioned in my earlier post, I've been reading a few old threads recently.)
Apart from that, if any poster behaved in a seriously abusive or offensive manner towards others, that poster would be warned & sometimes even banned for a bit. Which was sometimes a blessing for all & provided the poster with the opportunity to cool off before posting again.
I am not advocating returning to a heavily moderated site, I just think it's a shame some people choose
to be offensive simply because they now can
But, of course, you are perfectly welcome to see things entirely differently, you sprightly young thing!