I've been chewing on this while I built a porch in the silent hours.
I think part of the trouble is inherent in our nature as human beings...
much like a child put an a room and told to do whatever they please, the internet is a big, mostly unsupervised free for all.
you are allowed to lie. so some folks tell all kinds of whoppers.
you can be mean, so some people come here to vent their bile and bully weaker folks.
and you can meet extraordinarily unique people from different environs and cultures than your own.
and make friends that you never would have met otherwise.
basically, you get out of it what you wish to. and you contribute as positively or as negatively as you are wired to behave as a person. (and there is some fucked up wiring out there)
the mix of personalities and agendas is part of the charm.
and the frustration...
there are times when I feel like a2k has become less than it was.
and then something really special happens, and I realize why I stick around.
where else would I get the diversity and intelligence that a2k can provide.
in spite of the intrusive bullshit that some of the members try to peddle...